End of the road for Kirrie’s Age Concern

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A KIRRIEMUIR group catering for the elderly is set to fold after 30 years in operation.

It has been announced that the committee of Age Concern Kirriemuir has given Angus Council three months’ notice of plans to vacate the High Street premises.

A spokesperson for the group explained that the decision has been taken with great sadness.

“However, there is not enough money left to continue the facility beyond a few months.

“Arrangements are to be made within the next few weeks to organise a sale of furnishings and equipment.”

The history of Age Concern goes back three decades, the seeds for the centre having actually been sown a number of years prior to that. The records show that a voluntary committee, with Mrs M. A. Robb as chairperson, was set up in April 1967.

Meetings were held in Kirriemuir Town Hall committee room, matters discussed including visiting the elderly, bus outings, providing assistance with form filling and benefits and providing one day a week meals.

Later tea parties were held in various halls.

Meetings continued on a regular basis and eventually the idea of a day club was mooted and the search began for suitable premises.

On March 28, 1982, the present High Street premises were acquired for a weekly rent of £12.50, the day care centre operating from Monday to Friday.

Thirty years on and the rent is now £3,740 per year – with ever-increasing expenses of heating, lighting, insurance on top of that.

“The running costs have seen our bank balance diminishing, and, while donations have been received and much fund-raising has taken place, not enough income is being generated to meet the running costs,” added the spokesperson.

“Those who attend the centre have been advised of the decision that has been made to vacate the premises at the end of April.

“The facility will be a ‘miss’ in the lives of those who use it.

“The committee members are very sad to have had to to take this necessary action.

“They, along with other volunteers and patrons have given their time and talents free of charge over many years and this has been very much appreciated.”