Sunday, 21 April 2019

Hairdresser to the elderly hangs up scissors... aged 76

Hairdresser to the elderly hangs up scissors... aged 76

THE hairdresser at the Henley 60+ Social Club has retired after more than 25 years.

Janet Richmond, 76, began working at the centre in Greys Road car park in early 1994, shortly after it was bought by the town council to save it from being closed and the site being redeveloped for housing. She had been working in hairdressing since she was 15 when she responded to a job advertisement in the Henley Standard.

She has not only cut members’ hair on three days a week but also volunteered for numerous other duties including cooking and washing up after meals and managing the venue when others were unavailable.

At a lunch meeting on Thursday last week, Ms Richmond was presented with two bouquets of flowers and a lifetime membership card, which the club has not awarded before.

Members toasted her departure with a glass of buck’s fizz before enjoying a buffet spread.

Ms Richmond, who lives in Emmer Green, said she would have liked to continue but had already cut back her hours due to ill-health and now had no choice but to step down. She said: “I’ve enjoyed my time here more than I can put in words.

“It has been wonderful to meet so many people and although it has been sad to lose many of them I hope there will always be new members.

“This club is a real lifeline for so many people. There are a lot of older residents who’ve lost husbands or wives and would be on their own if they didn’t have somewhere to meet and talk to other people.

“I’m very pleased with my membership card and I’m sure I’ll be coming back to visit.”

Her post has been taken over by Bianca Knibbs, from Henley, who will initially work two days a week but could go up to three if there is demand.

Gill Dodds, who chairs the centre’s trustees, said: “Over the years, Janet has gone above and beyond her regular duties and it has always been lovely to have a safe pair of hands to rely upon in an emergency.

“She has shared so many people’s lives in these 25 years through highs and lows and has made many friends along the way.

“It is a sad day but we’re pleased to welcome Bianca and look forward to working with her.”

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