Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation invited Sir George to visit two projects which they fund in his Andover constituency.
Toni Shaw, the Chief Executive and Jonathan Moseley, one of the trustees, first visited the Wellington Centre, Andover and District MENCAP’s new building in Winchester Road. “This is a fantastic and ambitious project, costing over £2 million, which will provide a much needed resource near the centre of the town. This will cater not just for Andover and District MENCAP’s own members, but also the wider community who want access to the facilities available at the centre.”
The centre will formally open next month, and it replaces the Bonhomie Centre in South End Road, which Andover MENCAP are disposing of to help fund the capital costs of the new building. The building is on the site of the former Wellington Arms, and will open in September.
The second visit was to the Andover VIPs (Visually Impaired People) who were holding a tea party at St Ann’s hall in Suffolk road. While at the tea party, Sir George recorded an interview about the role of voluntary organisations in the town. The tea party also celebrated Edna Maskell’s 70th wedding anniversary. “Andover VIPs provides a range of activities for people with impaired vision, including educational recreational, craft and sports activities. Up to 400 visually impaired people from Andover and the surrounding villages are helped by the club, and they have a regular membership of 70 people.”
“ I am very grateful to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation for the support which they give these two organisations, as well as a number of others in my North West Hants constituency.”
With thanks to David Butcher for the photo