Changes are on the menu for service

MEALS on Wheels is changing in Bognor Regis.

The community lunch service for about 200 people in the area will alter next month.

Operator, the Royal Voluntary Service, is set to close its Durban House premises in the town as it makes the switch to a new style of meals.

From April, the system will see the meals delivered to the town from a chiller in Rustington, which receives them from the catering company, to a pick up point.

They will be distributed from there and heated up in the clients’ microwaves where possible.

Richard Bragg, the RVS’ volunteering and training partner, told Bognor Regis Civic Society the area was one of the first in the country to make the change.

It had begun to settle down after being pioneered in areas like Petworth.

“It didn’t go down well with many of our volunteers,” he said at last Friday’s meeting. “We didn’t explain it at all well. A number of volunteers were reluctant to change and couldn’t see how it would work. We have made a number of changes since then.”

The new system allows freshly cooked meals to be supplied and also gives the clients precious time with the volunteers. Weekend deliveries are about to be started as well.

Mr Bragg said Bognor had one of the highest number of Meals On Wheels clients out of some 800 in the county.