St Mary's Church, Thame
By Haddenham Webteam - 12th May 2013 7:00pm
Fish Scheme Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
The Haddenham Fish Scheme provides lifts to elderly residents and those with mobility difficulties so that they can get to local shops, hairdressers and hospital, doctors and dentist appointments. The Scheme carries out between 900 and 950 lifts a year — who says 'Good Neighbours' don't exist anymore — they certainly do in Haddenham!
The service is free-of-charge to clients, and works because of a network of local volunteers (currently around 80 in number) who help to administer and co-ordinate the bookings or provide transport using their own vehicles.
On Sunday 12th May, a group of 90 people — representing both clients and volunteers — gathered for a Tea Party in Haddenham Community Infant School to celebrate 40 years of continuous service to the village.
For almost 30 years, Jeanne Watt has been a key figure in running the Haddenham Fish Scheme, ably supported for much of that time by Alison Green. Two of the longest-serving volunteer drivers, Christina Jeffery and Chris Thorogood, were invited to cut the Anniversary Cake.
After a mountain of sandwiches and cakes were suitably devoured, client guests and volunteers were captivated by the delightful singing of Thame Children's Choir, "TCC2", under the musical direction of Duncan Aspden, accompanied on the piano by Judy Thompson.
To find out more about the Haddenham Fish Scheme, please visit the website — new volunteers are always welcome!
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