History of the Branch

History of the Long Eaton and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK

Two members of Toc H (Long Eaton) were asked by the secretary to attend a newly formed Neurological Training Session with people of Progressive Neurological Diseases on March 31st 1998.

Dorothy and Frank Kirk attended; Dorothy was already diagnosed with Parkinson’s so this was of interest to them both.

They met the Chairman and Secretary of the Derby Branch of Parkinson’s and joined their Branch for two years.  After two years the PDS Area Manager asked Frank and Dorothy if they could assist the Welfare Worker of the Derby Branch by organising a meeting in Long Eaton for local Parkinson’s patients.  This was arranged and eight other people attended seeing the Welfare Worker.  This progressed and the Welfare Worker then asked if premises could be secured to start a Branch in the area.

Initially they struggled to get a room but by chance, Frank offered a friend a lift home.  Unbeknown to Frank she was the Mother of the Secretary of Sandiacre Conservative Club.  After hearing about his difficulty finding a venue she mentioned this to her son and the Branch were offered free use of the Lounge at the Club for their meetings.

The Branch Inaugural meeting took place on Thursday 30th October 1999 with approximately 30 members in attendance.  The membership today is around 160 members meeting once a month at Risley Memorial Hall on the second Thursday in the month. which goes to show how important it was to establish a branch in the Long Eaton Area.

Many thanks to Frank Kirk for providing us with this history.

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