Save the Raine's House Community Club in Wapping

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For decades, Raine's house in Wapping has been utilised by the local (largely elderly) community for social events. Events organised include coffee mornings, tea dances, bingo afternoons, evening book clubs and weekend entertainment.

Tower Hamlets council, under the guise of a much needed renovation of the building, are seizing this opportunity to turn their community club into a "pay as you go" community hub. These pensioners will then be expected to pay up to £40 an hour for a smaller space than they currently use and the club will be closed for up to a year while they are making their proposed changes. For many of these pensioners, attending this club is the only time they can afford to socialise in a safe and warm environment.

Needless to say, the current proposals for the building will not meet the club member's needs and would destroy one of their few remaining social spaces in the interests of generating revenue.

A "consultation" meeting was convened by the council and members were left with the distinct impression that the council had already made up its mind and that opinions will have little or no impact on the outcome of the building's renovation.

Therefore, we are calling on all friends, relatives and interested parties to sign our petition, apply pressure to the council and try to get our voices heard.

This is one of the few remaining social spaces for the elderly community in Wapping and it should be preserved.



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