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End of an era as day centre stalwarts step down

Pauline and David Bird, retiring organisers of Alveley day centre

Published on 30 January 2024 12:43 PM

Pauline and David Bird, Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin stalwarts of the Alveley day centre near Bridgnorth, have decided it’s time to retire.

‘Pauline and David are much loved by the regulars at Alveley, they’ve done a fantastic job, and they will be sorely missed,’ said Karen Rawlings, Service Development Officer for Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin. ‘The couple have been in charge of the day centre for seven years but have been volunteering there a lot longer than that,’

‘They’ve done a superb job enabling members to enjoy their weekly meetings by organising transport, hot meals, quizzes, raffles, entertainment, and the occasional trip out.’

Although the much-loved husband and wife team are stepping down, they’ve made sure that they leave the day centre in some very capable hands. Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin volunteers Angela Lander, Pat Bowyer and Sue Taylor are going to be the new organisers of the day centre, and they will ensure that it continues successfully for many years to come. David will also continue as Chairman and help with member transport and meals until later in the year.

Alveley day centre, one of many supported by Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin across the county, relies on the kindness of volunteers, and the centre is currently looking for new volunteers to help them get members to and from the club, serve the refreshments and help the members to have the best day possible.

‘When I visit the day centre it’s always filled with lots of laugher and chatter. The volunteers ensure the members are welcomed warmly and have a wonderful day. Everyone leaves with a smile on their face,’ said Karen.

If you have time and would like to find out more about how you could help this fantastic day centre, please contact Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin’s Volunteer Recruitment Team on 01743 233 123 or email

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