In 1984 a group of local, people chaired by the late Dr Basil Thorton, started an organisation to help people who did not have many friends and relations near by. A constitution was drawn up and a store room at Solent Mead converted into an office. Lymington Care Group was “in business”. In 2013, after 28 years in the storeroom, the office moved, courtesy of The United Reform Church, to a new light and airy first floor room. In 2019 we moved to a “virtual” office with an answerphone and no need for bricks and mortar.
Originally there were many home visitors, pet carers, home handymen, and a transport service. A weekly luncheon club for stroke victims and a playgroup for families moving into the district were set up. For many years a Christmas party for the elderly was held at Walhampton School.
Over the years the work of the Care Group has developed to meet the community’s needs and the availability of volunteers. It now concentrates on transport for medical journeys.