The story of CHAIN 1977 -2012
by Ron Rowlands
HISTORY OF CHAIN
Neighbourhood Scheme (Links)
The Fry Bequest
Town (Events) diary
Survey of over 60s – 1983
Other ‘snippets’ of information.
QUEEN’S GOLDEN JUBILEE AWARD
Office & Links
2021 Some Updates
Mention has already been made of Bill Acworth. Other Chairmen prior to Bill are listed below and made valuable contributions. Ron Rowland took over from Bill in 2002, having previously with his wife June, been links coordinator and CHAIN MAIL editor. He dealt with various changes including that arising from Betty Grant’s request to be relieved of the Office Manager’s job. Ron was the lucky post holder to be there when CHAIN was awarded the Queen’ Golden Jubilee Award. Janette Kersey, who took over from Ron in 2008 had previously, as Mayor of Hungerford, been instrumental in putting CHAIN forward for the Queen’s award
Bobby Winser’s contribution has already been acknowledged. Bob Scott, a retired banker was the first treasurer to occupy the post for more than the usual three years. He served from October 1984 until 1997 (13 years) and in that time built up the reserves and played a crucial role in keeping the organisation on the right lines. Michael White, an accountant, took over from Bob in 1997. Michael’s contribution has been outstanding. He is not only the controller of finance but takes a great interest in all things CHAIN.
He was, and still is, the bedrock during various periods of change and a strong contributor to CHAIN’s management team.
As will be seen from the listings below, there have been eleven secretaries of the management committee since 1977. However, for longevity, Carolyn Hawkins holds the record. Carolyn became secretary in 1995 and since then has not only produced records of meetings but has generally looked after the administration, including the arrangements for the 25th anniversary and presentation of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award. Seventeen years of outstanding service and continuing.
On the basis that things would not happen without volunteers willing to take responsibility for certain tasks, all those listed below under specific posts have to be recognised as KEY PLAYERS, but in this section an attempt is being made to indicate the long servers and or outstanding contributors. Alan Pollitt has organised the Pub Lunches for many years – and driven the Handybus etc. etc. David Piper, has not only edited CHAINMAIL and improved its content, but also obtained advertisers to the point where the cost of the publication is no longer a charge against the Charity’s funds. Another major Newsletter Editor was Elizabeth Davis
There should undoubtedly, be many more mentioned above. As requested earlier, anyone knowing of any omission should, please, let CHAIN’s Chairman know.
Management Committee and Organisers
Chairmen Secretaries Treasurers
Bill Acworth Barbara Simmonnds Bobbie Winser
Alfred Kew Thelma Batchelor Sheila Harris
Kathleen Greenwood Alfred Kew John Fry
June Blakeway Peter McIntosh Mary Brownlow
Bill Acworth Rita Courthold Bob Scott
Ron Rowland Mary Brownlow Michael White
Janette Kersey Vi Martin
Over the last 35 years and particularly at the outset, CHAIN received help and much encouragement from a number of professionals, mainly in the social service / health sectors. Sheila Wilson, Community Development Officer, was one of the original Founders. After a short period she was replaced by Mike Welsh. Sheila was also a member of the steering committee and the first management committee.
Anne Honeybone, also from Social Services, gave invaluable advice, particularly on the setting up of the ‘Links’ scheme. She was also a fairly regular speaker at gatherings held at Northview Heights residential home.
Sue Burnell and David Small, solicitors from Charles, Lucas and Marshall both advised on the Constitution and there was always support from Hungerford Surgery. Drs. Hetherington and Bray served on the management committee, so did Christine Sprules.
The 2012 Chairman, Janette Kersey is the Surgery office manager.
Liaison with Social Service Departments and other statutory bodies and voluntary organisations has, of course, been ongoing as and when people have sought help from CHAIN and have needed referral on.
Links Coordinators Office Managers CHAIN MAIL Editors
Angela Pomroy John Wilson Jim Whyman
Margaret Steer June Blakeway Richard Kingsbury
Dee Anderson and Phyllis Davies Bill Acworth
Carol Cartwright Claire Toole Bobby Winser
Meg Anthony Carol Cartwright Phillipa Sage
Kathleen Walker Bill Acworth David Cath
John & Jean Allen Betty Tolliday Carol Collins
Ron & June Rowland Betty Grant Jean Beard
David & Janet Long June Tubb & Gill Moore Elizabeth Davis
Kathy & Tyrell Bossom June Tubb Ron & June Rowland
Deputy Chairmen Befrienders’ Administrators Public Relations Officer
Ken Barnes Pat Honeybone Trevor Hawkins
Ken Breadmore Brenda Abrahams (post only filled at time
Derek Smalley of the Queen’s Award)
(Deputy Chairmen were not always designated as such. In the absence of the chairman the committee nominated someone).
Pub Lunches Organisers Malvina Holmes, Pam Lucas, Alan Pollitt
Handybus Chairman Vehicle
Joe O’Hara Dennis Simmonds Rachel Martin
George Russell Brice Moore Norma Thompson
Gary Moore David Piper David Thorpe
Luncheon Club Managers Luncheon Club Treasurers
Bobby Winser Gordon Shears
Kathleen Walker Pamela Lucas
Amanda Goodwin Amanda Goodwin
Luncheon Club Helpers
Mr Sheen (Numbers coordinator) Mary Fradgley (Responsible for hall preparation)
Linda Marshall, Renee Robinson, Joan Robinson , Jenny Holdstock, Iris Cousins, Two John O Gaunt pupils, Beryl Kellow, Pat Pamflett, Dolly Radbourne , Carol Offer, Cyril Walker, Jean Hutchings, Chris Jennings, Daphne Hayden, Vic & Wendy Lardner, Francis & Julie Turner, Pam Lucas, Harry Fradgely, Joy Lovelock, Betty Grant
Management Committee Members(No particular order)
Chris Buck, Bill Acworth, Carolyn Hawkins, Michael White, Barbara Simmonds, Dennis Simmonds, Betty Grant, Jean Allen, Felicity Wood, Jaqui Gallimore, Derek Smalley, Roger Cooper, Ana Ward, Mansil Morgan, G Rock-Evans, Mrs C Stiff, Neale Marney, Allan Pollitt, June Rowland, Brenda Abrahams, Robin Kellow, Christine Sprules, Brice Moore, Joe O’Hara, Bob Bennett, Trevor Hawkins, George Russell, Kathleen Walker, David Long, Janet Long, Amanda Goodwin, June Tubb, Peter Hetherington, Pat Honeybone, Stephanie Small, Steve Gallimore, Ron Hoyes, Henrietta Geary, Ken Breadmore, Ken Barnes, Elizabeth Davis, Meg Anthony, June Blakeway, Malvena Holmes, Dee Anderson, Carol Cartwright, Guy Padgham, Kathleen Greenwood, Bobbie Winser, Betty Tolliday, Rita Colclough, Margaret Steer, Carol Calnan, Jeremy Bray, Claire Toole, Vi Martin, Betty Clarke, June Blakeway, Ron Rowland, Janette Kersey, David Piper, David Thorpe, Gary Moore
Updates from 2021.…………..additions to the lists above
Chairman Keith Knight in 2020
Secrataries Jill Greenland (now retired) . Sandra Brooks
Treasurer George Ham
Office Manager Deanne Cripps
Handybus Ted Angell