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Stressed out club manager forced’ to quit role she loved

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 25 August 2010

A POPULAR manager of a club for the elderly has quit her job after becoming stressed by a harsh new management regime.

A POPULAR manager of a club for the elderly has quit her job after becoming stressed by a 'harsh' new management regime.

Judith Lane ended four 'wonderful' years at Age Concern's The Rendezvous, in Bexleyheath, after finding herself under too much pressure to make money.

Yet elderly users said the 56-year-old was irreplaceable, and that her departure had left the pop-in parlour 'dead'.

Mrs Lane, of Station Road, Dartford, said: "In April they made 10 people redundant from Age Concern including my boss and assistant.

"I was left doing two jobs and had to put in extra hours, but every month would be told I was still in the red and had to make more money."

Mrs Lane finally left when she was told she may be moved to another branch after four years at The Rendezvous parlour.

Mrs Lane added: "I felt

very pressured.

"I nearly had a breakdown. My doctor told me to get out because of the way they treated me.

"I miss the people, I miss the job but I have had to move because of Age Concern."

The former manager was backed by users of The Rendezvous.

Brenda Bernhard-Smith, 71, from Footscray, said: "When Judith said she was leaving everyone was devastated.

"It is such a shame she was treated so badly."

Age Concern Bexley appointed Eddie Falvey as chief executive in April.

He denied the charity was operating a 'belt-tightening regime', adding: "We do not discuss why staff leave.

"Judith left for her own reasons and I think the people there have got it wrong."

Mrs Lane has taken up a job with J&K Coach Tours so she can continue to pick up and see her friends at The Rendezvous.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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