About the
Fair Close Centre

Welcome to Fair Close

“The Fair Close Centre is a trusted partner delivering essential ageing well programmes for the older community.

We believe that the Fair Close Centre is a key community asset in Newbury for our older residents, offering a warm welcoming space and hot lunches.

The centre is a perfect opportunity to meet new people, learn new things and try new activities.”

Stevie Chadwick
Community Investment & Partnership Lead
Sovereign Network Group

Our story

Since opening our doors in 1967, the Fair Close Centre has provided continuous centre-based services and outreach programmes for older residents in West Berkshire and North Hampshire. Our aim is to enrich the lives of the over 65’s in our communities by providing a safe and welcoming place to spend time with friends and meet new people

“The Fair Close Centre is an integral part of the community in West Berkshire and North Hampshire. It’s a wonderful facility that welcomes everyone and offers a warm space for over 65’s to have fun, enjoy good food, and make new friends.”

James Wilcox
Chief Executive

Our dedicated Fair Close Centre team provide a range of professional and volunteer services

James Wilcox

Chief Executive

Louise Meade

Centre Manager

Teresa Burton

Welfare Officer

Tamsin Hudson

Dementia Café Co-ordinator

Sharon Bartholomew

Meals on Wheels Co-ordinator

Ros Cripps

Meals on Wheels Co-ordinator

Kirsty Etwell

Centre Assistant

Sally Brown

Chef Manager

Brent Dearle

Second Chef

Doris Cannings

Kitchen Assistant

Maureen Bevan

Kitchen Assistant

Annie Bloodworth

Kitchen Assistant

Dorothy Le-Cornu

Kitchen Assistant

John Perry

Minibus Driver

Marcia Gedeon


Di Eggleton


Tony Hearne


Our trustees

Our trustees work to ensure that the Fair Close Centre continues to provide sustainable services for our community

Josie Reed


Nigel Fleming

Treasurer, Finance Committee

David Astor

Trustee, Finance Committee

Jo Barton

Trustee, Governance Committee

Jonathan Hopson

Trustee, Governance Committee

Dr Bruce Letham

Trustee, Finance Committee

Vaughan Miller

Trustee, Finance & Governance Committees

Margo Payne

Trustee, Chair of Governance Committee

“Keeping the over 65’s living at home, happy and healthy, providing them with nourishing food and a friendly place to meet, eat and be entertained is at the heart of the charity’s work.”

Josie Reed

Chair of Trustees

Explore our services

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View our services

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Make a donation

We rely on fundraising and generous donations from our supporters