MY wife Susan informed me that she had seen a very sad sight as she walked to the bus station one morning.
As she passed the Town Hall, she saw coming towards her a low-loader lorry with one Acorn minibus on the back and another one being towed behind.
This obviously had an effect on us both and we started to think about the many times we had been to the centre both for courses and to work as volunteers.
Susan enjoyed the computer courses that were run there and I was a keen helper in the kitchen both with the washing-up and sometimes even being allowed to do a bit of the cooking.
Acorn provided in the early days a place where all kinds of people could use the facilities whether it be to wash their clothes, have a shower or even just a place to pick up mail for those who did not have a permanent address.
Some came from the job centre to learn how to write letters of application for jobs or complete a CV in preparation for an interview. It was always pleasing as a past head of careers at Todmorden High School to be able to help in any way and it was always extremely satisfying when on many occasions they returned to tell us that their application had been successful.
As a volunteer at the centre I was regularly commandeered into making up numbers on various courses and during my time there I obtained certificates in food hygiene, health and safety at work, first aid and a minibus driver’s licence (MIDAS). Some of these I still refer to in my helping out at coffee mornings at Central Methodist Church on a Wednesday and at the Town Hall on some Saturdays.
Both my wife and I are very grateful to the members of Churches Together and the trustees of the Acorn Centre for setting up this very useful resource and we were hoping they would be able to offer these services for many more years to come for the people of Todmorden.
Wherever the minibuses ended up on their latest journey, we hope they will be put to good usage, as they had been in our time in the town. But to both of us it signalled something more permanent than perhaps we were expecting. We both hope one day we are proved wrong.
COUN DAVID AND MRS SUSAN O’NEILL