Woodland Day Club
Where We Meet
Woodland Village Hall (See the venue)
When We Meet
Mondays between 11.30 and 14.00
Woodland Leader and Club Details
Our leader is Mark Fromont. Woodland is a fairly small but lively club where the members enjoy the opportunities to meet and chat with others. Over the years we have enjoyed some long and exciting trips but it suits us to travel more locally, We have enjoyed a large variety of speakers who are always made welcome.
Alison Sayer has been our Chef for a number of years and continues to provide excellent food.
News from Woodland Day Club
2018 Club Leader Report
It is hard to believe that I have been Club Leader at Woodland for just over a year now. During this year our membership has dropped slightly and despite attempts to engage new people our membership remains fairly constant. A number of our members travel regularly from Butterknowle, Starforth, Barnard Castle and we even have a regular from Torphins, Scotland - our furthest flung member!!
Like a lot of clubs this year, Woodland got off to a slow start due to the very severe winter weather and Woodland's exposed location. Some members did not see anyone for up to two weeks, although we kept in touch by phone, and consequently we were all extremely happy to meet up with friends at the lunch club, once the winter weather eased.
In April we enjoyed our first trip to the Teesdale Hotel in Middleton in Teesdale. We were served an excellent roast lunch with all the trimmings. The staff were very helpful, friendly and understanding.
We also enjoyed a trip to the Duke of York at Fir Tree in later in the year, where our coach driver took the scenic route and we all enjoyed the lovely scenery. The members do enjoy going on trips, and the ride there and back form an important part of the day.
We have had interesting talks from Age Concern and a very enjoyable talk from a local lady who was a dancer with the Blue Belles Dance Troupe in London in the 1940's. She shared lots of amusing tales of her life then.
At Christmas the children and teachers from Woodland Primary School came to entertain us all with Christmas Carols and several routines from their Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Show. All the members, volunteers and I look forward to the school visiting, and it is great to see the interaction between the members and the children.
Alison provided a fabulous Christmas Lunch, and I would like to thank her for all the lovely meals she has prepared for us all throughout the year.
Thanks to Madeleine, Pat and Tracy for all their help and support throughout the year, my first year as leader.
And finally, a very big thank you to all the fantastic volunteers without whose help we would not be able to function.