Honiton 55+ Centre to welcome new staff

PUBLISHED: 12:15 10 July 2015

Pictured outside St Michael's centre are chairman and former cllr and Deputy Mayor John Zarczynski, Caroline Miles, Jackie Wadworth and Jean Richardson. Ref mhh 3412-28-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Pictured outside St Michael's centre are chairman and former cllr and Deputy Mayor John Zarczynski, Caroline Miles, Jackie Wadworth and Jean Richardson. Ref mhh 3412-28-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

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Jean Richardson and Caroline Miles - both of whom worked at St Michael's in Honiton previously - have agreed to work for the 55+ centre, and could be joined by cook Jessie Manley in September.

The first staff have been employed to start working at Honiton 55+ Centre.

Jean Richardson and Caroline Miles - both of whom worked at St Michael’s in Honiton previously - have agreed to work for the 55+ centre.

They could be joined by cook Jessie Manley in September.

The news has been welcomed by Jackie Wadsworth, vice-chairman of the 55+ Centre’s steering group.

Jean will be the manager of the service and be joined by senior supervisor Caroline.

Jessie will be the service cook.

Mrs Wadsworth said: “Jean was the assistant manager at St Michael’s for some time, and acting manager over the last year.

“She looks forward to welcoming back past and present clients.

“Caroline has worked at St Michael’s for a number of years alongside Jean, and we are very happy that the dynamic duo will stay together.

“Jessie has been there for a number of years as well, and has always provided good, honest cooking. They are all popular figures at St Michael’s Centre.”

Mrs Wadsworth also told the Herald that nine people have currently come forward to volunteer for the service.

She added that five more helpers are currently being sought - anyone interested should email jacbar007@btinternet.com

The service – based at St Michael’s Centre in Honiton – is expected to open its doors to the public on Monday, July 27.

Mrs Wadsworth said the service is now accepting clients, and said anyone interested can phone her to book a place - full-day costs £35, a half-day is £25 and a drop-in for a couple of hours is £10. There is also a lunch club, which costs £5 per meal.

John Zarczynski, chairman of the 55+ Centre steering group, added: “I am very pleased that the new staff are joining us.

“I am looking forward to working with them. They are very experienced and will be an asset to the 55+ Centre.

“Everything is coming together nicely, and I feel the demand for the centre is going to exceed our expectations.”

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