VIDEO: Club’s vital services for older people

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Members of the cash-strapped Cornwater Club in Ravenshead have been speaking of the vital services it provides to local older people, following the visit of Work and Pension Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Mr Duncan Smith attended the Cornwater Club, in Main Road, at the invitation of Sherwood MP Mark Spencer on Thursday 13th February, and spent the morning talking to members.

Minister Iain Duncan Smith at the Cornwater Club, Ravenshead

Minister Iain Duncan Smith at the Cornwater Club, Ravenshead

The visit came just days after Chad revealed that the club may be forced to cut its services unless it can raise £25,000 in local donations.

Club member Beryl Hind said, “I’ve been coming to the club for 12 years, since my husband died. The club is everything to me, it is my opportunity to make friends and take part in activities, it stops us from feeling lonely. It would be a terrible shame if it had to close”

In our video interview, Pam Weightman, director and volunteer at the club, talks of its importance to people who attend.

The club offers friendship and activities for older people in communities including Ravenshead, Rainworth and Blidworth.

Mr Spencer said: “We must do everything we can to spread the word about how fantastic this club is and to encourage new members to join.”

Mr Duncan Smith added: “The club is a fantastic community asset and I greatly enjoyed the visit.”

To donate to the club’s appeal, visit