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Staindrop Day Club

Where We Meet

Scarth Hall Staindrop (See the venue)

When We Meet

Tuesdays between 11.30 and 14.00

Staindrop Leader and Club Details

Kim Weston is the leader and Barbara Thompson is our Chef. Kim provides lots of entertainment and very good trips and Barbara consistently produces a variety of delicious meals, catering for everyone's taste. We hold a monthly raffle the monies from which go towards special events.

News from Staindrop Day 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 thank her for her dedication.

Grateful thanks to Michael, Tracey and Barbara who stepped up to fill in the gap until we welcomed our new leader Kim Weston 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 and 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 ride out as much as the delicious food. Trips are important to the members as it gives them an opportunity to mingle and see something different. Many often comment that is it lovely to go out to something apart from a doctors or Hospital visit.

In August the Association celebrated our 25th anniversary. At various celebration 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. Ginny Trotter, one of our founding members gave a short speech explaining all about the clubs.

In September we had a trip to Woodham Golf Club where, as usual we were well fed and well looked after.

On the run up to Christmas, Madeleine organised for the children from Staindrop Primary School to come and sing - this is always a delight for both the members and the children. Particular thanks to the staff who manage to bring the children out to perform to such a high standard at their busiest time of year! We also enjoyed another lovely visit from the children of a local child minder, who brings the little one to the club and they give the members a gift. This is part of their teaching the children about giving to others rather than just receiving. We all benefit from these visits and being such a small community most of the children are singing to their grandparents or aunts and uncles!

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.

This year, S and A Builders Merchants, once again came and donated their bags of goodies - which were really appreciated. The staff take the time to stay and chat to the members which is also a bonus for everyone. People learn a lot from each other on these occasions and I am always surprised at how much both their staff and our members get from it.

A special thanks to Barbara for her excellent food throughout the year.

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 - Club Leader