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[This article was kindly sent by Dr Jimmy Whittaker, Jan 2020]

CHAIN (“Care in Hungerford, Action In Need”) is a voluntary organisation established in 1977 and operates a “manned “office open Mondays to Fridays from 9-11am in Kennet House, 19 High Street.

The opening ceremony was performed by Ron Tarry dressed as a blacksmith who welded together a length of chain. The welding gear for the occasion was supplied by Oakes Bros.

The first meeting took place on 1st June 1977, and an early decision was to appoint a Management Committee, namely:
Chairman - Bill Acworth
Secretary - Barbara Simmonds
Treasurer - Bobby Winser
Links Coordinator - Angela Pomroy
Office Manager - John Wilson
The Rev. Richard Kingsbury
Sheila Wilson (Consultant member)

CHAIN cares and gives a variety of help to those in need. It has two objectives. The main one is to provide transport, together with a driver so that sick or disabled or elderly people, irrespective of their age, can attend appointments with doctors, dentists, chiropodists and hospitals. Membership of CHAIN is open to all Hungerford residents. CHAIN owns a “Chairman” Vehicle that can accommodate a person in a wheelchair. In addition, it can also carry another couple of passengers. CHAIN also runs the Handy bus which is provided by West Berkshire Council. This is a 10/11-seater minibus which has been modified to provide easy access to enable wheelchair-bound passengers to be carried. It gives regular transport for elderly and disabled people on shopping trips and visits to clubs in and around Hungerford as well as one-off tours and excursions.

The second objective of CHAIN is to offer advice and guidance to people who wish to undertake voluntary service in the local community by putting them in touch with individuals or statutory organisations seeking volunteer help.

Six times a year CHAIN organises a dinner in the Croft Hall for about 30 over-60s and four times a year produces and delivers a free magazine called Chain Mail which contains community information.

In 2003 Chain was awarded the first Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service in the community.