THE ORIGINS OF THE PHOENIX ACTIVITIES CLUBS.
Len Westwood had the idea and encouraged others to turn that idea in to a reality.
In the mid to late eighties a number of over 50’s found themselves in the position of either being compulsorily made redundant or had opted to take early retirement.
Len Westwood was a teacher at Stafford College of Further Education where various courses for retirees were on offer. He realised that adults had a lot to give and that developing people’s interests and range of activities made for a fulfilling retirement.
In 1989 he encouraged a group of retirees to form a club, with Barbara Bradley as Chairman and George Clough acting as Secretary. And so Walton Phoenix Activities Club was formed and has gone from strength to strength over the past 25 years.
Many thanks to Jim Bergin, Phoenix (Walton) Archivist, for the above information.