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Club’s birthday

A QUARTER of a century of friendships has been celebrated at a Pagham club.


More than 30 members of Pagham Friendship Club joined in its 25th birthday party last week.


They enjoyed a celebration cake, some Bucks’ Fizz, a tea party and a trip down memory lane.


Outgoing president Joy Stillwell, 76, also used the occasion to formally hand over the role to bring to an end her 25 years in helping to run the club. She said: “I felt it was the right time to retire. I will still be attending our meetings but I’ll be sitting in the back row.


“I can’t believe it’s been 25 years since we began the club. I’ve got to meet a lot of nice people, made a lot of friendships over the years and that’s what the club is all about.”


Joy was joined at the birthday party by two other founder members – June Fosten and Gwen Sodoma – in cutting the celebration cake. They formed the club after the demise of Pagham Mill WI.


“The WI had been struggling for officers but some of the members wanted to set up a friendship club in its place and we did.”


The club has about 35 members from its 43 total at its meetings at Pagham Village Hall on the first Wednesday afternoon each month.


Guest speakers are arranged for seven of the two-hour meetings. Three of the meetings are social occasions with games and quizzes and outings are also enjoyed with meals included.


All this, and subscriptions have barely risen since 1993 – from £7.50 to £12 a year.


Joy has handed on her role to Sheila Horn. “Sheila will be good for the club. I have every confidence in its future,” she added.”

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