Firtree Retirement Club Open Day

Firtree Open Day with Reading's Mayor
Firtree Open Day with Reading’s Mayor

READING’S Firtree Club is celebrating its move to a new location by hosting an open day event with activities, taster sessions, information and refreshments on offer.

The Firtree Club has been in Reading for over forty years and is for anyone who is retired (or part retired). They offer a variety of activities for those who want to be active in their retirement. It is run by older people for older people.

The group have recently re-located from the YMCA in central Reading, to the Mormon Chapel in Tilehurst – although the group is non-religious and open to all.

The free event for older and retired people runs from 10.30am to 3pm on Tuesday 2nd August at the Mormon Church, 280 The Meadway in Tilehurst (junction with Church End Lane).

Colin Ferguson, Firtree Chairman, says whilst celebrating over 40 years of Firtree history, the club is keen to look to the future and encourage new members: “After 35 good years at the YMCA we had to move and the Church made us a very generous offer which has enabled us to continue with a good range of activities in the new centre.

“As this is a real landmark in our history. We are keen to look to the future and to encourage new members to come to this open day and see what we are all about. Come and join in some of our sessions, talk to our friendly members and find out more about our range of activities, outings and holidays.”

The Mayor of Reading will open the event in the morning. Throughout the day there will be taster sessions for people to try out crafts, indoor bowls and table skittles, with afternoon sessions of bridge, whist, scrabble and table tennis.

A buffet of light refreshments will be served from midday. Other afternoon activities include a session with the movement to music group, a performance from the Readi-pop choir and a quiz.
New and prospective members can find out about the holidays and trips offered by the group and there will be plenty of opportunity to chat to Firtree members.

There will also be information stands from AgeUK Berkshire and other groups, for people to find out what support and activities are available for older people in Tilehurst and across Reading.

Rachel Eden, Lead Councillor for Adult Social Care, said: “I am pleased to help promote groups such as Firtree, which provide a great opportunity for people to socialise and try new activities. It is important we can all live fulfilling and active lives, regardless of our age.

“It is great to see community groups like the Firtree taking the initiative in helping older people engage in activities which keep us happy and healthy in later life.”

The venue has plenty of parking available and is also accessible on the 33 and 15 Reading bus routes.
For further information contact Colin Ferguson: (0118) 9482557 or email or Mark Bowman: (0118) 9677130 or email


Notes for Editors:

The Firtree Club (Friends in Retirement Taking Recreation, Education and Exercise) aims to stimulate mind and body by offering a wide choice of activities.

Members can become leaders of the activities but professional instructors are used for certain specialised activities. Alongside the weekly activities, outings to places of interest and to the theatre are arranged, as well as annual holidays. The emphasis throughout is for friendship and fun.

The club have recently moved some of their activities to a new location from the YMCA in central Reading to the Mormon Chapel in Tilehurst – although the group is non-religious and open to all. Membership is £30 a year.


Victoria Nickless

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