Stainton Grove Day Club

Where We Meet

Stainton Grove Community Centre (See the venue)

When We Meet

Tuesdays between 11.30 and 14.00

Stainton Grove Leader and Club Details

Michael Carr has been our leader for the last three years his gentle manner and enthusiasm has been a real asset to the club. Michael is ably assisted by an extremely small team of volunteers who are a vital part of the club. Denise Morris, one of our longest serving volunteers covers for Michael when he is away.

Alison our Chef has been with us for over five years, she provides excellent meals every week and once a month sells a selection of her home baked biscuits.

We hold a monthly raffle, are keen "kurlers" and enjoy short trips around the area.

News from Stainton Grove Day Club

2018 Club Leader Report

2018 has been another busy year for Stainton Grove lunch club. Sadly, this year we lost two dear friends in Eric and Kathleen who will be missed by all of us.

We welcomed new members Vivien Kelly and Jean Watson from Barnard Castle and Mary Stringfellow from Startforth, and of course we would welcome more.

Our visitors this year have included representatives of Durham Police, Age Concern and Wellbeing UK. Wellbeing UK staff will be returning once a month to offer a range of activities to our members.

Our members have again enjoyed five trips out this year. Our first in April was to The Country Tea Shop at Staindrop, followed in May by our first visit to the Teesdale Hotel in Middleton. Our next visit was another first, this time to The Saxon Inn at Escomb. Our fourth trip in September was another return visit; this time to Bowlees Visitor Centre where new caterers - The Ford Kitchen - looked after us well. To decide our final lunch out in November we asked our members where they would like to go. They returned a unanimous decision - The Country Teashop in Staindrop! We are always looked after superbly when we visit there; our members really enjoy the food (especially the wonderful desserts!) and the staff always make us welcome. I have no doubt that we will return again soon.

Kurling has again proved to be a popular activity; Sue Bainbridge has run a number of very entertaining seated Zumba (I think that's what they were!) sessions and we have also had a number of quizzes and several sessions of card bingo!

Yet again the highlight of the year for me was the Christmas lunch. Alison served a wonderful meal. The two 'Denises' did a fantastic job with the table and organised a tombola and a great time was had by all. We had a splendid surprise visit from two members of staff from S & A Merchants in Barnard Castle. The company generously presented gifts of food to every member. We really appreciate this very kind gesture and the thought behind it.

I want to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers without whom we couldn't operate. Our long-standing stalwarts, Denise Morris and Denise Richmond are wonderful supporters of the club. They, along with Sue Bainbridge, who is our trustee also, have been volunteering at the club for years. Jill Smith, who began volunteering in 2017 has become a regular enabling the two 'Denises' to enjoy much deserved days off! Our members and the staff really appreciate the friendship and help that our volunteers provide.

My final thanks again go to Cilla Bushby. Cilla is tremendous; she makes sure that the hall is ready for us each week and makes arrangements to ensure that we can get in and out even when she is away. She is great!

I would also like to thank Madeleine, Tracy and Pat at the office for advice and support whenever I have needed it.

Michael Carr