Lunch Club celebrates two years of friendship and care

March 2013

It was three cheers and a slice of celebration cake for guests and volunteers at St Mary’s, Newton Aycliffe recently, as they marked the second anniversary of its Lunch Club, which has changed so many lives for the better.

Everyone was keen to share their personal accounts of how much they looked forward to each visit to the club, where they have formed firm friendships and forged a warm and caring community. 

“I haven’t forgotten what it was like before I came to the lunch club, and I still really appreciate every visit” said one guest. “To have people to talk to and to be able to catch up on all the local news has made me feel much better in myself. I really look forward to my Thursdays.”

Parish priest, Fr. Michael Campion thanked all the volunteers who run the Lunch Club for their dedication and commitment over the last two years.

“St Mary’s Lunch Club offers far more than good food,” he said, “It is a place of safety, warmth and good nature where everyone feels comfortable and cared for. I’m delighted with the real and growing benefits that the club offers everyone involved.”

The club is one of 14 Parish and Community Enablement (PACE) projects around the region set up with the support of St Cuthberts Care and local parishes. Held every Thursday between 11am and 2pm at St Mary’s Church Hall on Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe, it is run entirely by volunteers and helps to support vulnerable, lonely and elderly people in their own community.

Morning and afternoon refreshments, a two-course lunch, bingo and quizzes are provided for just £3 per session, along with the invaluable opportunity to meet and make new friends.

The club is continuing to grow and is keen to welcome more volunteers and guests, so, if you are interested in finding out more or want to come along, please call 01325 313 611.