Didcot has two meetings a week; Wednesday at 1945 and Sunday at 1230. Both are held at the Fleetmeadow Community Centre just off Sandringham Road and Jubilee Road. Both meetings are open by request.
Sunday Lunch 1230
Fleet Meadow Community Centre
Formed September 29, 1996
Founder members were Bill S, Richard S, Dougal, Alan, Val, Lawrence.
Bill writes “When I first came into the Fellowship in February 1996 I just could not put into words how I felt about this brand new way I was being shown how to live without a drink. I was at a meeting seven days a week – and why wouldn’t I be? – before that I was at the pub or drinking seven days a week! On Sundays I used to go to a lunch-time meeting in Caversham, outside Reading.
I had asked why Didcot hadn’t a meeting as a lot of people in the Fellowship lived there, and was told a Tuesday meeting had been tried but failed as it was ill attended; it was the same evening as Wantage only 8 miles away. “I saw a a gap for Sunday lunch-time and made some enquries via a County Councillor friend who came up with the Northbourne Community Centre in Church Street.
After drumming up support from other meetings we formed a committee and I booked the venue for one month in advance from Sunday, September 29, 1996. Thirteen people turned up and we had out first Conscience meeting – Val agreed to be secretary for 6 months, Alan to be treasurer. I opened up, did tea and coffee and got chairs for the meeting.
Sometimes – especially when there was a Convention on – our numbers dwindled to 3-4. Then when we were a year old we were told we could not have the hall for that day. Kit made some enquiries and came up with Fleet Meadow Community Centre and at a group Conscience Meeting we decided to move permanently.” The meeting is a Chair meeting – known in its early days as the Sweet Meeting.
Bill S. (February, 1999)