An independent Honiton charity that organises fun, friendly group sessions for adults with learning disabilities boasts an impressive 30-year history running in the town.
Honiton 729 Club provides a popular social hub with an average of 40-50 members, aged from 18 to 90 years old, who come from all over East Devon to participate.
The group normally meet at the Community Use Building on School Lane from 7pm to 9pm every Monday, hence the name ‘729’, however since March coronavirus restrictions have shut it down.
Zoe Allars has been chair of Honiton 729 Club for the past three years and enlists the help of family members to run events.
She told Honiton Nub News: “I took over from Ken and Barbara Smith who started the club in 1989. Since then it has been entirely volunteer run and funded - helped in-part by the Co-op Local Community Fund."
Honiton 729 Club is one of three local charities to benefit from a scheme in which Co-op members donate 1% of the money they spend on selected own-brand products and services at the store in Lace Walk.
“We received £255.68 back in April, with another payout due later this year. The money is going towards an evening’s entertainment courtesy of M&M Theatrical Productions - who specialise in SEND friendly plays," Zoey continued.
“It was going to be held in July, but we’re working out a new date possibly around Christmas time.
"We also put on regular club nights, bingo, live performances, discos and movie nights."
While the club is closed, Zoe is keen to remind people that Honiton 729 Club is still very much active and looking forward to reopening.
“With a lot of our members in the high-risk category, we don’t know when we’ll be able to hold group sessions again - it may not be until September or even October.
“We stay in touch over Zoom and on the phone but it’s not the same as seeing each other face-to-face,” she added.
For more information on The Honiton 729 Club click here.
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