A loud shout for the aged

A Holbeach Seniors' Link meeting with Lincolnshire Spinners, Weavers and Dyers at Whaplode Village Hall.  Pictured are Val Gemmell demonstrating stick work to Joan Woolard, Rita Mitchell, June Barham and Ann Boggiss. ANL-140423-162058001
A Holbeach Seniors' Link meeting with Lincolnshire Spinners, Weavers and Dyers at Whaplode Village Hall. Pictured are Val Gemmell demonstrating stick work to Joan Woolard, Rita Mitchell, June Barham and Ann Boggiss. ANL-140423-162058001
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Three weeks ago, Club Focus featured Welland Seniors’ Forum which represents the concerns of older people in parts of South Holland.

A few months before its formation, Holbeach Seniors’ Link became the voice for people aged 55 and over in Holbeach, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and surrounding villages.

Holbeach Seniors' Link founder David Roberts with Long Sutton registrar Marion Johnson (left) and Brenda Spinks.

Holbeach Seniors' Link founder David Roberts with Long Sutton registrar Marion Johnson (left) and Brenda Spinks.

Its founder was David Roberts, a teacher originally from the West Midlands who moved to South Holland in the early 1990s after retiring from a career in education.

June Barham, a Holbeach Seniors’ Link committee member, said: “David was a very, very active man and the key link between us all.

“He said the group was an opportunity to express the view of the older community, as opposed to everybody else and, in consequence, he used to go all over the place.

“David always had a seat at district council meeting where he could put his views on behalf of the older person and he did so many things, including the chairmanship of all the Senior Forums in Lincolnshire.”

David passed away suddenly in September 2011, but his legacy lives on as today’s Link members campaign on issues from concessionary bus passes to library changes.

Holbeach Seniors’ Link has more than 100 members who meet across the district on a bi-monthly basis.

For more information, call Joan Woolard on 01406 426508 or Maureen Scantlebury of Welland Seniors Forum on 01775 711427.