About the Fair Close Centre

The Fair Close Centre was opened by the Queen Mother in November 1967 and we have since celebrated 54 years of continuous service to over 65s in West Berkshire and North Hampshire. Our aim has always been to enrich the lives of older people by providing a place to go to spend time with friends and to meet new people.

 The Fair Close Centre is managed by a warm team of staff and volunteers who fulfil a variety of roles from delivering meals on wheels to serving in the restaurant. The Fair Close Centre offers fun, food and friendship to ensure that our members feel involved and connected in a caring community.

Wonderful Staff


The Fair Close Centre has a team of full and part-time staff supported by wonderful volunteers who help to serve meals at the centre, organise activities and deliver the meals on wheels.


We welcome new members and always need new volunteers, so why not join us today!

Who’s Who at Fair Close

Centre Staff

James Wilcox Chief Executive
Louise Davies – Centre Manager
Teresa Burton – Welfare Officer
Libby Archer – Wellbeing Officer
Tamsin Hudson – Dementia Café Co-Ordinator
Di Eggleton – Front of House Receptionist
Georgie Cherryman – Meals on Wheels Co-ordinator
Fiona Grindrod – Meals on Wheels Co-ordinator
Kirsty Etwell – Centre Assistant
Sally Brown – Chef Manager
Brent Dearle – Second Chef
Evelyn Cannings
 – Kitchen Assistant
Karen Etwell – Kitchen Assistant
Marcia Gideon – Housekeeping
Tony Herne – Maintenance
Derek Upton – Minibus Driver
Clare Lunn – Minibus Driver



Josie Reed (Chair)
Will Cane (Treasurer)
David Astor
Jonathan Hopson
Allan Mercado
Margo Payne
Derek Peaple
Joe Barton
Vaughan Miller


Harry Henderson

I work within adult social care. I have been able to use the services of the Fair Close Centre for a large number of people for social support. I have found the centre to be a wonderful way for people to feel part of the community. The hot meal service ensures people continue to have a good well-balanced diet Monday to Friday. I know the knit and natter is popular and has a real community feel.

Ann Record

West Berkshire Council

Our Services


Welfare Service
Welfare Service

Our Welfare Officer, Teresa is available in person at the Centre and by phone Monday to Friday to give advice and offer help with problems however big or small.

If Teresa doesn’t know the answer to a question, she’ll always try to find someone who does.

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Hairdressing Salon
Hairdressing Salon

Our unisex hairdressing salon is open, appointments available with Jane from Monday - Thursday. Call Jane directly on 01635 551808. 


Our activity schedule features a mixture of regular activities such as chair exercises, arts and crafts, quizzes, live entertainment and more, monthly events such as the dementia café, tea & tech, bake sales, and one-off events such as pet therapy. Most activities are just £1 per session.

Foot Health
Foot Health

Our lovely Foot Health Practitioner, Amanda, is available for appointments at the Centre - get in touch to find out her availability

Join us as a volunteer

Get in Touch

If you would like to make a donation to Age Concern Newbury & District which runs the Fair Close Centre, please click on the button below. If you have any questions, please get in touch via email and we will do our best to answer you as quickly as we can.