The Social Club meets at Walford Hall on the second Tuesday of every month and it is organised by Julia Canham. The Club was set up for blind and partially sighted people of Reading and runs in addition to the various craft and outings clubs at RAB. Many people who enjoy these clubs also attend the social club, but it is also open to those who do not wish to join in these activities.
Club meetings take place once a month at a cost of £4 per session. Julia has been involved with the social club for 21 years. She says:
We are always looking for new members, and anyone who is able to get to the hall independently would be most welcome. We also offer transport on the RAB mini-buses which can also accommodate
a wheelchair,. We are a friendly bunch from age 60 onwards, sight impaired, blind, and helpers. A nice cup of tea and biscuits awaits you and at the Christmas meeting there is usually a musical activity, mince pies and nibbles. calendar of coming events
Latest club activity
December's 2018 social event
The December meeting of the Social club saw a return of Serenade Gaye Rees with her singers, performing songs ranging from opera, classical and musicals, along with a selection of Christmas songs. Members joined in with the singing and by playing percussion instruments. Along with the usual tea and nibbles there were mince pies to help give a seasonal flavour.
November's 2018 social event
In November the Social club enjoyed a musical afternoon with entertainment by Richard and Danni. Danni is a Trustee and completely Blind, and Richard has limited sight. They both attend the ramble group, and keep us entertained with singing on the mini bus journeys. One of the pubs we go to for lunch after a ramble has a piano, and Danni plays the piano while we all enjoy a sing song with Richard leading the singing! At the Social Club session Danni played the keyboard and Richard sung assorted songs, including many from Elvis! It was a very enjoyable afternoon, and we would love to see them back again in the New Year.
Julia, Social club Organiser
July's 2017 social event
July’s Social Club meeting saw the return of Frank ‘The Duke’. This is the second time we have had him as he proved so popular with members last time. He entertained us by singing popular songs accompanied by his accordion. Most of the songs were well known to the audience, and they needed very little encouragement to join in enthusiastically.
Recent club activity
- The Reverend David Jenkins entertained us with some jokes and stories which everyone enjoyed
- Helen and Terry Pearce entertained us with some favourite songs to the accompaniment of piano and guitar. Helen’s costume changes added to the fun
- Sarah Short (Eye Clinic Liaison Officer) gave a very good talk on all the help, benefits, concessions etc. we can get from being registered
- Martin Gilbert and Mick Hughes from Reading Buses came along to explain new routes and numbers, and what they are doing to help disabled people
- Neil Craig from Great Western Railways came to explain the assistance we are able to ask for, and the layout of the station since the revamp. Following this some of our members had a guided tour around the new layout one morning
- The Thames Valley Air Ambulance came to talk about the work they do around our area
- Kate came with her plate bell ringers. This was super as all members were able to join in by each having a bell and being tapped on the shoulder when we had to ring it (see the short video clip below)
- Dave from Thames Valley Police, Sulhampstead came to talk about his early days of being a Bobby on the beat - much enjoyed by all!
- We had a lovely talk from the owner of Mapledurham Estate. He bought in a large screen with the sound of the watermill going so all member could enjoy this, and told us how the watermill had been restored and about how it is often used for filming