Celebration in style for MK Talk Back Club’s 40th anniversary

Milton Keynes Talk Back chairwoman Gill Norris cuts the 40th birthday cake.

Milton Keynes Talk Back chairwoman Gill Norris cuts the 40th birthday cake.

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Thanks to the generosity of businesses, organisations and friends, Milton Keynes Talk Back Club celebrated its 40th anniversary in great style.

Members, volunteers and friends toured Woburn Safari Park and then went for afternoon tea to the Woburn Hotel.

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A birthday cake was cut and served, a commemorative mug also marked the occasion last week and the club has launched a new logo.

The cake, which was decorated with the club’s new logo, was cut by the two members who had been with the club the longest - Mavis Martin at 24 years and Ken Gibbon, 22 years.

Chairwoman of the club, Gill Norris, said that everyone had been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown by donors.

The club was formed in 1975 in Stony Stratford to provide additional therapy for people with speech difficulties after a stroke. It now meets every Friday at the Peartree Centre headquarters of AgeUK, where new members are always welcome.

Milton Keynes Talk Back 40th birthday cake with new logo

Milton Keynes Talk Back 40th birthday cake with new logo

The members and volunteers are a lively group and the atmosphere is light hearted and relaxing.

The age range is quite wide, which sadly reflects that stroke is not only an affliction of the elderly. It is a means of socialising in a comfortable atmosphere where speech disability is a mutual difficulty but not the prime factor in relationships.

The original club was a venture between the WRVS and the local Speech Therapy Unit.

Today, all the volunteers are appointed by the Hospital Voluntary Services Office and undergo training organised by the Speech Therapy Unit as well as statutory and mandatory training required by the hospital.

Over the years many dedicated people have been involved in keeping the group going.

There have been countless trips, lunches and parties – all of which are still a regular feature today. Visit www.talkback-uk.com