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91 year old Evelyn Rumsey stepping down from group after 50 years of getting people together in Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

Evelyn Rumsey (right) with her daughter Jenny Cunningham (left)

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SHE has spent the last five decades years at one of Gloucester’s longest running community clubs, but now Evelyn Rumsey is finally calling it a day.

Mrs Rumsey has stepped down as chairman of the Get Together Club, based in Upton St Leonards, which she helped to start 50 years ago.

Throughout her time with the club she has held the role of treasurer, secretary, and chairman on two separate stints.

The club has around 40 members and gives older people a chance to socialise once a month.

Mrs Rumsey, who has lived in Upton St Leonards since the 1956, said: “I was very sad to go, because I’ve made a lot of great friends at the club. But I’m 91 now and not as mobile as I used to be.”

Get Together was started by a group of carol singers in Upton St Leonards who wanted to raise money for the older people of the village.

Now, the club organise an annual trip, Christmas dinner and guest speakers. Next month, Get Together members will visit Evesham Country Park.

The club also organises transport for people who cannot attend the club by themselves.

Mrs Rumsey said: “The club has been a great place for people who don’t get out very much for people to come and chat about the old days.

“I’m very grateful for all the help I’ve received over the years as chairman. Luckily I’ve had a good committee supporting me.”

Mrs Rumsey will keep busy as the editor and distributor of Upton St Leonards Church magazine, and helping to organise the church flowers.

Mrs Rumsey’s daughter, Jennie Cunningham, has also been involved with Get Together for the past two years.

She said: “The club has been great for forging relationships and giving people a chance to socialise. It’s a really thriving group and has a dynamic committee.

“My mum is incredible, and the whole family are proud of her and what she’s achieved with Get Together.”

Mrs Rumsey said her retirement as chairman will not keep her away from the club for good. She said: “I shall go to the club whenever I feel well enough, I still have great friends there.”

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