Luncheon club appeals for more members to join
Friday 11th August 2017 06:50 Dinting News Posted by Adam Higgins

A Glossopdale club which means so much to so many elderly people could be on borrowed time. 

The Royal Voluntary Service Glossop Luncheon Club has been providing hot meals and friendship for more than 10 years.

But membership has dwindled from 45 to just 32.

As helper Pauline Booth admits: “With these figures, it is no longer viable. We have rent of the building to pay and Community Transport for bringing members in.”

Pauline and her colleagues will be running a bric-and-brac stall in Glossop Market Arcade from 9am to 4pm on Saturday.

They will also be handing out leaflets giving details of the first and third Wednesday of the month get-togethers.

Pauline, who is now 80, said: “The stall is to provide funds to keep the club viable and hopefully to introduce and recruit more members.”

The club is a follow-on from the no longer running WRVS Meals on Wheels, which delivered hot lunches to elderly people in their homes.

The club meets from 11:45am to 2pm at 1st Dinting Scouts’ headquarters, off Simmondley Lane.

Members are welcomed with a cup of tea or coffee, with lunch, followed by a raffle, at 12:30pm.

If time allows, there is also some entertainment.

Lunch is £4.50, the raffle is £1 and a game costs 50p. Transport is free.

Pauline and her colleagues say the sessions are more than just a meal.

She said: “They are a way of making really good friends with each other. At one time, some would go on holiday together, staying at the same hotel.”

Pauline says the club, which holds special events when the room is decorated with flags, is very popular with members.

She only wishes there were more of them.

“They really enjoy coming,” she said. “One of our members gave us £50 for the club. She said it was because ‘I love it so much’ and we (the volunteers) also like doing it.”

Anyone interested in joining the lunch club, or would like more details, should drop by the stall on Saturday (August 12).

Or if you cannot make it on Saturday, call Lynne on 01457 853907.

Membership is for anyone aged 60 or over.


By David Jones