Since 1985, the over-50s of Upper Norwood have enjoyed regular talks, social meetings and outings at the Phoenix Community Centre.
But earlier this year, with no volunteers coming forward from within the membership to replace key members of the committee, the Phoenix Retirement Association faced the threat of closure.
No chairman could be found to replace Anne Pike, who is now in her 80s and had staunchly held the post for 10 years.
Then, at the eleventh hour, two volunteers came forward, Emily Jewell, from Upper Norwood Library, and local historian Bernard Winchester, enabling the club to continue, to the relief of the 50-plus-strong members.
And with that show of support, Pike pitched in by drawing up a programme of events for 2019, which begins with a talk at the centre on May 13.
The five speakers are all known for the quality of their talks at societies throughout Croydon and Lambeth, while Silver Belles and Beaux are a well-liked group of singers who will entertain the club at Christmas.
Meetings are held at the Centre next to Sainsburys at 66, Westow St, SE19 3AF, on the second Monday of the month at 2pm for 2.30pm.
Work is already going into arranging a summer outing.
Membership of the association for May to December 2019 is £10. Visitors may attend for £2 per meeting, including refreshments.
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