Church could get funding help

Yvonne Buck, coffee manager

Yvonne Buck, coffee manager

First published in Jubilee Fund Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by

AS The Queen celebrates a reign spanning 60 years, the organisers of the county’s Jubilee Fund for Oxfordshire are urging people to raise cash for our own senior citizens.

Just a week after announcing it will be making childhood literacy a priority, Oxfordshire Community Foundation said it will also be using the Jubilee Fund cash to help the oldest people in our community stay warm, healthy and in touch.

And groups like Wesley Memorial Church’s Open Doors Project could be one of the groups in line for help.

The church, in New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, has ambitious plans to raise more than £1m to expand its facilities.

The Rev Martin Wellings explained: “We are very proud to offer a number of clubs and sessions each week for people across our community.

“As well as the Rainbow House Drop-In Centre for parents and the Oxford Phab Club, which has run here for 30 years, we run two very successful groups for older people – the Wednesday coffee morning and Friday lunch club.”

He continued: “We hope to adapt our buildings to the needs of the next generation.

“Our plans include a more welcoming entrance, improved access for disabled people and a re-fitted kitchen, plus an additional multi-purpose space with glazed panels overlooking the hall.”

The Jubilee Fund for Oxfordshire aims to raise millions of pounds to support struggling community groups and organisations in the county.

Businesses, groups and individuals are being encouraged to swell the coffers of the fund with the aim of creating cash grants and endowments to support community groups over the next 60 years.

To donate email, call 01865 798666, or drop into OCF’s offices at 3 Woodins Way, Oxford. Alternatively, text JBLE 12 to 70070.

To apply for fund cash, visit

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