Balham Pensioners Centre waves goodbye after 26 years
A pensioners centre has closed after serving the community for 26 years.
Balham Pensioners Centre, based in Balham Baptist Church, Ramsden Road, held a farewell Thanksgiving celebration last Wednesday.
The centre offered a drop in facility, lunches and social events for pensioners living in the area.
A decline in numbers attending, volunteers and the need for different services forced the centre to close.
Wandsworth Council also cut all funding to the centre, £16,931, in November 2011.
There were a total of 85 people at the Thanksgiving, including MP Sadiq Khan and MP Jane Ellison.
Those attending celebrated the centre wrote down memories.
Judith Crompton, seniors worker at Balham Baptist Church, said they are now looking into starting a new group for pensioners in the area, while activities will be offered on an ad hoc basis.
She said: "We have had a good 26 years, it is sad to see it close. I think a lot of people feel the same, it was good but we can do something better."
A council spokesman said: "The decision was made two years ago and reflected the dwindling numbers of people who attended the club.
"With numbers dropping off so dramatically it was no longer felt to offer proper value for money for taxpayers.
"The money has instead been used to open four open access clubs across the borough which provide the same types of facilities and are open to the whole community."
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