Youth club leader to retire after decades of helping people with special needs

Buzzard Gateway Youth Club
Buzzard Gateway Youth Club

A woman who has helped people with special needs through a youth club is to retire.

Gill Brazier has run the Buzzard Gateway Youth Club for 45 years - and her retirement means the group will close during December.

Gill, 67, set up the club in 1970 and over the years the members have met every Tuesday evening during term time to enjoy a huge range of activities.

She has spent a lifetime working with people with special needs and decided to retire when she reached 50 years.

Gill, who has worked in education across the Central Beds area all her life, said: “I still have fun running the club and there is never a dull moment. It would be wonderful to see it carry on, but it is a big commitment and it would need the right person to run it.”

Over the years, the youth club members have enjoyed activities such as music and dancing, quizzes, bingo, games evenings, arts and crafts.

Members have carried out sponsored events to raise their own funds, have welcomed speakers from local emergency services, vets and health organisations, and enjoyed social time in pubs and restaurants.

The club has been to the annual pantomime at the Library Theatre and Milton Keynes Theatre, met up with members from Gateway Clubs based in Dunstable and Hemel Hempstead for social events, and enjoyed trips to theme parks, the seaside, the London Eye and Paralympics.

In the early years meetings were held in Dunstable but since 1982 they have been based at Cedars Upper School.

Gill, who has won awards for her voluntary services, would like to thank all past and present members and volunteer helpers for their support over the last 45 years.

Anyone who may be able to help the club continue to run can make enquiries at the Leighton Buzzard Volunteer Centre on 01525 850559.