Claremont Lunch Club marks its second anniversary

April 2013

When Claremont Lunch Club in Blyth marked its second anniversary recently, it was more than an opportunity to enjoy a special cake and raise a toast. As guests and volunteers celebrated together, they reflected on the benefits the lunch club had brought to the local community and how much their own lives had changed for the better.

Since the lunch club opened in the parish hall, dozens of local people have taken the opportunity it offers to make new friends and socialise. Many are now enjoying a regular social life for the first time in many years.

Parish priest, Fr. Quinn praised the dedication of the volunteers who run the club, saying, “The volunteers are doing a wonderful job and nothing is too much for them if they know it’s going to put a smile on someone’s face. I’ve watched many people from the local community blossom as a direct result of the warmth and kindness they find at the lunch club. I hope we are here celebrating many more anniversaries in the years to come.”

Claremont Lunch Club is held every Friday between 10am and 2pm in the Claremont Centre on Claremont Terrace in Blyth. Each session costs £3 per person and, as well as conversation, bingo, quizzes and entertainment, guests can enjoy a tasty home-cooked lunch.

It is one of 14 Parish and Community Enablement projects supported by St Cuthberts Care and local parishes to help those around the region who are elderly, vulnerable or lonely. If you or someone you know would benefit from attending the Lunch Club or you would like more information, please ring 01670 366 035.