Closure-threatened centre finds a new manager after volunteer Judy reads all about it!

PUBLISHED: 08:55 05 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:55 05 November 2018

Former Saffron Walden MP Sir Alan Haselhurst with Audrey Carmichael (centre) who is retiring after 20 years at the Thaxted Centre for The Disabled.

Former Saffron Walden MP Sir Alan Haselhurst with Audrey Carmichael (centre) who is retiring after 20 years at the Thaxted Centre for The Disabled.

Archant

A centre which has provided support and activities for disabled people in Uttlesford for more than 50 years has been saved from closure, following the appointment of a new manager.

A centre which has provided support and activities for disabled people in Uttlesford for more than 50 years has been saved from closure, following the appointment of a new manager.

Retired social worker Judy Weavers, 65, who worked at Essex County Council (ECC) for more than 30 years, will replace Audrey Carmichael as manager of the Thaxted Centre for the Disabled in January.

The centre, which has 25 members, was facing closure if no one had stepped forward to replace Mrs Carmichael, who has been in the voluntary position for more than 20 years and was made an MBE in 2012 for her work.

Ms Weavers said: “I used to bring my clients to the centre, so I knew of it. I received the Dunmow Broadcast because I live in Finchingfield and I read about the potential closure. I read about it on a Thursday and I was retiring the next day.

“After a couple of weeks I popped into the centre just to say ‘hello’. I did not want another resource centre to close, they are such a valuable asset in the community. It was something that I wanted to help with if I could.”

Audrey and a team of volunteers provide outings, social events and arts and crafts for members of the club, which is open on Mondays and Thursdays.

“The centre is just so friendly and jolly and everybody is quite conscientious with their work,” Ms Weavers added.

Mrs Carmichael said: “Everyone here feels Judy will be the perfect choice to replace me when I retire. We are all so relieved that we have found her and the centre will not be in danger of closing.”

Ms Weavers has been visiting the centre for the last three weeks and has been shadowing Audrey in preparation for taking over.

Speaking about Mrs Carmichael, Ms Weavers said: “I have big shoes to fill.”

On November 17, the centre will host an open house day from 12 until 2pm, with cake stalls, a raffle, arts and crafts made by members and light lunches available.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Dunmow Broadcast