End of the road as pensioners’ group folds

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The Crawley Pensioners’ Active Group (CPAG) has folded after 16 years’ service to the town.

One of the final actions of the group was to donate £2,000 to St Catherine’s Hospice, which chairman David Ashton said CPAG held to be “the most important charity in Crawley”.

The decision to close the group was made during a meeting at the Montefiore Institute, Three Bridges, on Wednesday (May 21).

Mr Ashton, who has been chairman for five years, said the decision was due in part to the lack of members willing to fill vacancies on the committee and the increased family commitments faced by members.

He added: “The final meeting was good-natured, appreciative and friendly.

“Although regrets were expressed there was no bitterness about our closure which was tidily handled.”

During the last meeting, the speaker was Zena Cairns, of St Catherine’s Hospice, who invited members for an afternoon cuppa in June.

Mr Ashton said: “We recommended to our members that they take full advantage of the Crawley Oder Persons Forum (COPF) which meets bi-monthly and covers similar topics to CPAG.”

For information about COPF, call 01293 657000.