Vokes Centre, 100 Normandy Street, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1DH


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Christmas 2018

Members of the Vokes Lunch Club were delighted to receive Christmas parcels again this year through the generosity of the local community.  The parcels were made up by staff of the Alton Post Gazette who organised the collection of contributions, and wrapped and delivered the parcels in time to be handed out to Lunch Club members at their Christmas Lunch event.


Chairman of the trustees, Terry Blake, said "On behalf of our members, we wish to express our sincere thanks to all those people who contributed so generously, including, we understand, many school children. We also appreciate the considerable amount of work put in by staff of the Post Gazette who organised the collection, packing and wrapping of the parcels."

TSB donation
December 11, 2018

We were delighted to receive another generous donation from the Alton branch of TSB for the second year running. The cheque for £170 was presented by Karen Earle and Selena from the Alton branch of TSB to Lunch Club Manager, Allison Nawrattel and Chairman Terry Blake. Members expressed their appreciation with an enthusiastic round of applause. Expressing grateful thanks on behalf of the trustees and members, Terry highlighted our reliance on donations such as this to ensure that we can continue to provide comfortable facilities and wholesome meals at an affordable cost to our members.

Lunch Club dining out on new path
January 26, 2016

TRIPS to an Alton lunch club for the over-60s will be all the sweeter after grants from district councillors helped pay for improved access.  A crumbling pathway into the Vokes Lunch Club, held in the Red Cross building on Normandy Street, had been causing problems for many of its members, especially as some of the diners were well into their 80s and not too steady on their feet.

Seven councillors from East Hampshire District Council, covering Alton and Holybourne, clubbed together to pay for the new £1,440 pathway.

Terry Blake, chairman of the Vokes Lunch Club, said: “We are very grateful for the generous donation from the EHDC councillors which has enabled us to carry out much-needed repairs to the pathway into the lunch club.  It has been causing difficulty for some of our members and it is much appreciated by the trustees and the members themselves.

The councillors who donated grants towards the resurfacing of the Vokes Club path included Edward Brandt (Alton Westbrooke) £220, Graham Hill (Alton Whitedown) £225, Andrew Joy (Alton Ashdell) £225, David Orme (Alton Wooteys) £225, Dean Phillips (Alton Eastbrooke) £220, Robert Saunders (Alton Amery) £225, and Glynis Watts (Holybourne and Froyle) £100.

Community groups or projects run for the benefit of the community are eligible to receive money through the councillor grant scheme. To apply or find out more details about the scheme, contact your ward councillor or visit


with thanks to the Alton Herald

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