Before the pandemic, the Wednesday Morning Coffee Club had been meeting for over 25 years at St Peter’s Rooms. Thanks to the dedication of Lorna McCullough and her supporting team, including Pat and Judy, they provided a regular meet-up for the older residents of our community.
Due to health issues, the team reluctantly announced the need to stop running the club in summer 2021, and issued a plea in the Rudd for someone else to step in: “All we need to rectify this is for a couple of people to think about taking it over.”
Gwen Eyre and Carol Jaggers answered this plea and re-opened the Club on Wednesday 15th September 2021. And at the Club’s session on Wednesday 21st September 2022, the attendees were treated to a special cake (pictured) to celebrate the first birthday of their “new” club.
The last few months have seen the Club’s membership swell, thanks to word of mouth and Gwen and Carol distributing flyers and using social media. Lots of previous members have returned to the Club along with new faces, and many new friendships have been forged.
There’s now the added bonus of the Community Bus, supported by the Parish Council, which brings less mobile local residents into the village centre so they can do their shopping and then join us for a warming drink before being taken home.
So, if you’re aged over 55 and fancy popping along for a drink, a biscuit and the chance to meet or catch up with others, come along. The club runs on Wednesdays from 10am to 12 noon at St Peter’s Rooms. The cost is £1.
If you’d like to use the Community Bus, please call the Parish Council on 0115 914 6660 to book a seat.
Can you help out at the Coffee Club?
We’re desperately looking for someone who can help us with setting up and taking down the tables before and after the meeting. if you can assist, please call Carol on 07730 357 122.
Barbara Breakwell & Carol Jaggers