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Nora Parsons Centre provides respite to families and friends by looking after adults on Mondays between 9:30 – 3pm.  Coffee, tea, biscuits plus a hot 2 course meal are provided for £10 per day. This service is provided for 21 local villages. Nora’s dream is continuing with still many of her original volunteers. The volunteers offer a pickup and return service.

Nora Parsons Centre is based in Wichenford and is totally operated by volunteers, providing safe and comfortable environment (for the moment) one day per week for isolated and lonely persons living in surrounding villages.

The members enjoy armchair exercise classes, talks, playing games, etc. We have a visiting hairdresser and a podiatrist too. We are financially supported by all the local parishes. We interact with local schools and organisations, who provide entertainment, for example at Christmas, Easter or Harvest time.

Most important however is the opportunity to socially interact with others, including the volunteer drivers and helpers. They have a two course lunch and refreshments are available throughout the day.

Transport can be provided, if required. We always need more volunteer drivers and if you feel that you would be able to spare as little as 1 hour per week or month on a Monday at 9.30am or 3.00pm, please contact us under 07535 521 556.

Although Nora Parsons Centre is located in Wichenford, it caters for a wide area, welcoming members from the parishes of: Abberley, Astley & Dunley, BroadwasClifton upon TemeCotheridgeDoddenhamGreat Witley & HillhamptonGrimleyHallow, Holt, Kenswick & WichenfordKnightwick, Little Witley, Lower Broadheath, MartleyRushwickThe Shelsleys and Shrawley.

Parishes, who support Nora Parsons with annual or regular donations:

NP Ralph Court Gardens Outing

The Centre has two outings in the year partially funded by the members from their Bingo sessions and partially from donations specifically given for the members.

These are organised by our volunteers and much enjoyed by the members. On the 20th of June we went to Ralph Court Gardens – to see pictures from the outing see this link: Ralph Court Gardens Outing.

To see more details about the Gardens, please see link:

Tea party celebrating the 40th Anniversary with Rev David Sherwin and members of the committee.

Celebrating Happy Birthday – 70th Adult Social Care / NHS – to see more click  h e r e.

The Worcestershire Lions Charitable Fund awarded the Centre with a grant towards the double glazing installations and Pat Wilkinson and Pam Morgan attended at The Mayor’s Parlour in the Guildhall Worcester to be presented with a cheque by the Mayor. Grateful thanks to the Worcestershire Lions.

The High Sheriff of Worcestershire at the time, Cassian Roberts, visited the Centre in all his regalia and delighted the members with a talk about the office of the High Sheriff. Afterwards a donation from his charitable fund was made to the Centre towards the double glazing installation.  Thank you High Sheriff.

It all started in 1977 when Nora Parsons, a retired district nurse, realised there were many older people in her area who spent much of their time alone, who would benefit from some company in a safe and comfortable environment with similar folk, with a chance to chat over a cup of coffee and enjoy a meal in the company of others. With the help of friends and volunteers, and the support of Canon Bartlett, then the Vicar of Wichenford, the care centre was established, first in the Village Hall, then moving to the current building when the village school closed. The centre is run entirely by volunteers. There are currently around 20 members attending the Centre.

The centre is available the other days – apart from Mondays.

For more information contact:

Ian Brown, Hon. Secretary of Nora Parsons Centre
Tel: 07535 521 556 or Email Ian Brown

See more at: Open Charities 

Nora Parsons Centre, Venn Lane, Wichenford, Worcestershire WR6 6XY   

Charity Number: 513 990