14th June 2024

Mill Street Club in Trowbridge has celebrated its 10th birthday with a party for members, their families, and long-time friends and supporters of the club. 

The club opened in June 2014 as a replacement for Alzheimer's Support's Polebarn House Club, which had outgrown its premises. The charity renovated the premises to create a purpose-designed space complete with an outdoor garden and room for up to ten members a day.

Staff and volunteers hosted a beach themed celebration to mark the anniversary, with a buffet and music by Jeff Law. The proceedings were opened by Alzheimer's Support's patron Lady Lansdowne who knows the clubs well through volunteering at Mill Street's sister club in Devizes. 

She said: "I am so proud to be part of these wonderful centres. They are such happy places."

Guest of honour was the charity's founder and former CEO Anna Littlechild, who retired the year after the club was opened. She said she was moved and touched to see how the club had supported so many families in the past decade, and to be personally thanked by new members of staff who told her what the club had meant to them. 

Head of day care Grant Newton said: "At first the space felt like a great white box but with the help of the Trowbridge commmunity we have filled it up with colour and activity and we are hugely proud of what we have created together. We know this space does make an enormous difference in the lives of the people that come along each day and to their families. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Mill Street over the last decade, the club really is a family and everyone has played their part. 

Looking back to 2019 - former manager Jill Mitchener's blog marking the club's 5th birthday

Spotlight on Maggie, who has worked at Mill Street from the beginning