Special branch! Pensioner service scoops festive prize

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A NEW Hucknall day centre for pensioners, run by two caring women, has achieved a prestigious boost.

Heydays meets in the community lounge at Herbert Buzzard Court on Hankin Street.

Now the fledgling initiative is celebrating after it and residents of Herbert Buzzard Court won the adult section of the town’s flourishing Christmas Tree Festival.

Charmaine Banner and Jane Lane, who are both 41, set up Heydays to make up for closure of day centres in Hucknall and the surrounding area.

Both formerly employed by the social services, Charmaine and Jane hold sessions on a voluntary basis on Mondays,

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3.30 pm. They charge £13 a day with an extra £4 for hot meals.

Charmaine, of Hucknall, and Jane, who lives in Arnold, organise various activities such as crafts, games and bingo.

Some of the old folk, including a woman who is nearly 100, helped to decorate the winning tree with baubles.

“It is rewarding in itself to bring some happiness into the lives of the people who attend our sessions,” said Jane.

n OUR PHOTO shows Sharon Moules, a member of staff at Herbert Buzzard Court, with the winning Christmas tree — DISPIC NHUD12-3143-2.