Evenwood Lunch Club
Where We Meet
Evenwood Randolph Community Centre (See the venue)
When We Meet
Fridays between 11.30 and 14.00
Evenwood Leader and Club Details
Kim Weston took over as Leader of Evenwood Lunch Club in December 2019. She has settled in very well with her caring and very efficient manner. Tracey Turnbull has been our Chef for the last three years and consistently produces delicious meals.
We hold a monthly raffle and the monies raised go towards providing little extras for parties and celebrations.
News from Evenwood Club
2019 Club Report
We have had a busy year this year with some interesting talks from a number of people.
In October Carol, who has been our leader for many years announced that she was leaving which was sad news for us all. Carol has worked hard to support us over the years, and we will all miss her care and dedication.
Grateful thanks to Tracey and Barbara who stepped up to fill in the gap until we welcomed our new leader Kim in December.
In February Tim Viggars came from Nat West and gave the members a talk about how to avoid banking scams. We also had George from Age UK, who issued members with phone blockers to help avoid nuisance callers. This a very helpful service and George has been a good friend to the members and the association. Veronica also from Age UK information came and talked to the members about benefit claims and helped them if necessary. This was particularly useful as it is a complicated form to complete. As is often the case, it is difficult to get the people who should claim to claim. Those that did get help from Veronica were very pleased with the results.
In April we had a trip to the Fox and Hounds at Cotherstone, which the members loved - the members enjoy the actual journey as much as the delicious food. The drivers take the members there by one route and return by another to make the most of the stunning countryside. We were joined at the Fox and Hounds by Peter McGuinness, our new Club Trustee Representative.
We made our annual trip to the Golf Club at Woodham where we were very well looked after and enjoyed an excellent lunch. It is a lovely venue and the scenery is very attractive.
In August the Association celebrated our 25th anniversary. At various celebrations over the dale we joined with other clubs for a three-course meal provided by all our cooks. It was a lovely celebration and the members enjoyed the opportunity to see members and friends from other clubs. We also had a large event at Raby Castle (courtesy of our patron, Lady Barnard) which was for funders and sponsors and where we sent representative members and volunteers.
We were represented at this event by one of our founding members Mary Prince and one of our longest serving and most dedicated volunteers Sheila Hadden. These two ladies have been wonderful supporters of the club and the members for many years.
Our annual trip to Woodham Golf Club was in September where, as usual we were well fed and well looked after. The members enjoy the lovely scenery at the club as well as the food.
On the run up to Christmas, Madeleine organised for the children from Evenwood Primary School to come and sing - this is always a delight for both the members and the children.
At the end of November, we welcomed Kim as our new Lunch Club Leader. Kim joined us at the busiest time of the year and, along with Barbara gave us a wonderful Christmas party - which was literally throwing her in at the deep end. It was a great success and we all really enjoyed ourselves.
Once again, this year we welcomed staff from S & A Builders Merchants who visited the lunch club with a very thoughtful bag of goodies for each of the members. These are a very welcome treat which the members appreciate.
A special thanks to Barbara for her excellent food throughout the year.
I would like to extend a big thank you to Gordon, Gwen and Avril for parachuting in as volunteers over the last few months when we were desperately short of help.
Finally, on behalf of all the members and the various staff who have covered this year, I would like to thank our amazing band of volunteers, who turn up regularly to support the staff and the membership. Without this group of dedicated people, we could not function.
A special thank you to the office staff and to the trustees who carry the responsibility for ensuring we continue.
Kim Weston / Madeleine Walton - Club Leader