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
(Items not covered under other headings).
Comment from others
Whilst researching, many expressions of appreciation were heard from beneficiaries of CHAIN’s work. There were also some telling comments from two of the early participants,
Rev (now Canon) Richard Kingsbury on being shown the draft write up on the early days said “They were Heady days”. Richard also paid tribute to Ron Tarry, Mayor of Hungerford in 1977, saying that Ron ensured CHAIN was for the Community, not just for the Church.
Beryl Kellow said “All those involved at the outset worked extremely hard and the chemistry between everyone was obvious”
Newbury Weekly News – Christmas parcels for the over 80s
Since the inception of this scheme set up by Newbury Weekly News, CHAIN and The Rotary Club of Hungerford have managed the distribution of the parcels in Hungerford and Kintbury. Betty Grant was the main coordinator for many years up to 2008 when she handed the job over to David and Janet Long. An army of volunteer drivers from CHAIN and Rotary delivered the parcels with Rotary, in the main, looking after Kintbury Sylvia Breadmore was also involved, typing many ‘distribution sheets’.
The Founders envisaged a scheme whereby volunteers would look after the gardens of those no longer able to do so themselves. After just five years it was decided, mainly because of lack of volunteers to ‘give the scheme a miss’. It has stayed that way.
Soon after the arrival of the first Handybus, Betty Grant organised regular trips to the Hydro pool at Swindon for those disabled likely to benefit from swimming. In 2010 she was still organising the rota.
The Hungerford Tragedy
At the time of the Hungerford ‘Shooting Tragedy’ (1987) a small ‘ad hoc’ committee dealt with matters arising in the aftermath. CHAIN appointed a member of their management committee to liaise with that committee and gave whatever help was needed.
Housed for about six months in the early 90’s, in Hungerford Old Hospital, Croatian refugees were welcomed and supported by volunteers from Hungerford Red Cross and CHAIN. Betty Grant and George Halliday visited them at the hospital for the complete period of their stay.
Updates from 2021
Christmas Parcels for the over 80’s
Ted Angell took over as the main coordinator from David & Janet Long when they retired