Alf and Marilyn Allen

Phot of Alf and Marilyn

After an amazing 16 years as the Chair and Secretary of  Wokingham Club Alf and Marilyn are handing over the baton.

Alf’s connection with Berkshire Vision goes back as far as 1979 when he was registered as partially sighted. By 1985 Alf had been registered as blind. He retired in 1996 from The Royal London Society for the Blind where he worked as an engineer and took on the Chairmanship of the National League for the Blind & Disabled, Paddington Branch. He carried on for 3 years as welfare officer after retirement.

Alf became a member of Wokingham Blind Club assisting another member with sign language and then, together with his wife Marilyn, was asked to take on the running of the Benyon Club, a monthly social club held at the Erleigh Road offices, which they did for 6 years. During this period Alf also became involved with the Blind bowlers at Wokingham Twyford & Desborough. He really enjoyed this activity until poor health put a stop to it.

In 2002 Alf was asked if he would take on chairmanship of Wokingham Blind Club. Marilyn took on the secretary position and eventually, as committee members retired she took on extra responsibilities for transport, entertainment and much more.

We would like to wish both Alf and Marilyn our sincere gratitude for their unwavering commitment and support to the charity and our Wokingham area members over many years. They have always gone that extra mile and they will be very much missed by staff, members and volunteers alike but we hope to see them at Wokingham Club as members in the future.

We are now recruiting for a new chair and secretary so if you’d like to make a difference please consider applying one of the positions.

Wokingham Club Chair

Wokingham Club Secretary

Please note that applicants for both these positions need to be aged 18 or over. Our application procedure consists of an application form, 2 references and an enhanced DBS check.  Out of pocket travel expenses may be claimed.

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