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Lord Lieutenant officially opens new day club for older people in Woodbridge

The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lady Clare Euston, has officially opened a new day club in Woodbridge which will provide care and activities for local older people. The new Seckford Day Club, which is run by Seckford Care, moved to the Octagon Hall in Woodbridge Methodist Church at the end of 2015 from its original location in the town’s historic Seckford Almshouses.

The Lord Lieutenant, Lady Clare Euston, officially opened the new facility on 18 January when she shared afternoon tea with Seckford Care colleagues and day club members before cutting a special celebration cake. Reverend Derek Grimshaw, Superintendent Minister of the Ipswich Methodist Circuit, joined the celebrations.

Lady Euston then visited the Seckford Almshouses on Seckford Street in Woodbridge to see The Seckford Foundation’s very sheltered accommodation and residential care facilities.

Day Club Opening

(L-R) Sarah Kopferschmitt, Head of Care at the Seckford Almshouses, and Graham Watson, Director, Seckford Foundation with the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lady Clare Euston, and Wendy Evans-Hendrick, Chair of the Care Committee and governor, Seckford Foundation.

Sarah Kopferschmitt, Head of Care at the Seckford Almshouses, said: “We are delighted the Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk could join us in marking this special occasion. Woodbridge Methodist Church is an excellent space for the day club and we hope it will continue to grow and thrive there. Day club members are already enjoying the new space and its town centre location, as well as continuing with their favourite activities and meeting friends. We are grateful to the Methodist Church for their warm welcome.”

The move to the new venue is the start of an exciting expansion phase for Seckford Care, who will be using the original day club space in the Almshouses on Seckford Street in the town to create six new ensuite bedrooms in the residential care home, Jubilee House.

The Seckford Day Club is open from Monday to Wednesday, 9.45am-3.30pm and there are some available places on each day for new members. We will be introducing an exercise class for older people on Wednesday mornings. For more information about the Seckford Day Club, or other components of Seckford Care including the very sheltered apartments at Seckford Almshouses and residential care at Jubilee House, visit www.seckfordalmshouses.org.uk.