Pensioners are looking forward to a golden future as they finally celebrate the official opening of a brand new building after a ten year wait.
The Senior Citizens’ Club in Abbey End was opened on Thursday by town mayor, Felicity Bunker before members enjoyed a tea and cake celebration.
And with membership to the social club increasing with the purpose built facilities, members and staff are all thrilled with the move.
Chairman Letty Blake and treasurer Dave Hands described it as an “excellent day” after being praised for their efforts to get the building in use after months of waiting.
And among those celebrating were the club’s oldest and longest standing members - Rose Smith and Gwen Foster who described the club as a social lifeline.
The pair, who clock up almost 200 years between them, became friends when they joined up over 20 years ago. Both said that without it, life in Kenilworth would be drastically different for them.
Mrs Foster, aged 101, said: “This is a wonderful building and has a lovely social room and garden. I have been coming here for years and the people are just wonderful, so friendly and we have lots to do.”
The retired police worker explained that after moving to Kenilworth from mid Wales, it is the sense of community and friendship found in Kenilworth which has made her time here so special.
And 94-year-old Mrs Smith explained how she now has a wide circle of friends after moving to the town 19 years ago and not knowing a soul.
“I came once and haven’t stopped since,” she said.
“It really is a wonderful club, really thriving and people are so friendly. It is so nice to have this new building where we can enjoy a garden.”
Kenilworth Senior Citizens’ Club has been running since the end of the Second World War. The purpose-built club was actually opened last year after over a decade since it was decided the premises in Southbank Road was no longer suitable after 60 years of use.
During construction of the McCarthy and Stone building, the club met at Jubilee House which was too small to accommodate term long term.