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
The Steering Committee
Chairman Bill Acworth Secretary Barbara Simmonds Treasurer Bobby Winser
Robin Kellow Kate Little Jim Kerley Tom Bailey
Colin Graham Richard Kingsbury Sue Acworth Anne Honeybone
Mary Talbot Colin Clare John Wilson Sheila Wilson
The first meeting was on 1st June 1977 and an early decision was to appoint a Management Committee, namely:
Chairman – Bill Acworth
Secretary – Barbara Simmonds
Treasurer – Bobby Winser
Links Coordinator – Angela Pomroy
Office Manager – John Wilson
Sheila Wilson (Consultant member).
There were also sub committees appointed to progress the work, although it is not clear whether these were appointed by the Steering Committee or by the Management Committee, probably the latter.
As will have been seen from the index, various aspects of CHAIN’s activities are reported on separately but in the first newsletter of the group, appropriately named CHAIN MAIL, there were two paragraphs summarising progress over the first year. They read:-
1st Edition, CHAIN MAIL
Our infant, whatever else it may have (and we are aware of its many inadequacies), has two strong legs. One is the network of neighbourhood LINKS, the other is the central OFFICE both are vital for any progress! The Links, several in each of twelve local areas in the town, seek out people who have talents to offer and time to spare to help others, and they also try to discover what people need by way of a helping hand. The office, manned each morning by volunteers, co-ordinates supply and demand and is open for people to call in with requests for and offers of help.
The project is not just for the benefit of individuals. It exists to serve also the many thriving organisations and – while not being party to any explicitly sectarian interest – works on the principle that CHAIN can be a clearing house and enabler for whatever our local organisations may need or may have to offer the local community.