Guests of this year’s Pendle Club’s Christmas party were in for some nice surprises when they gathered for their annual celebration.
Christmas spirit was out in full force as the local community once again rallied to make the senior citizens Christmas party as special as possible.
Organiser and Deputy Town Mayor Coun. Val Cooper said: “We spoke to Hanson Cement to ask if we could borrow their Father Christmas outfit and they came back to say yes, and they would also like to donate £200 towards the cost of the party. This enabled us to buy gifts for all who attended, given out by Santa, and also a little glass of sherry to help with the merriment!”
The Clitheroe branch of Sainsbury’s, who donate bread, pastries and doughnuts every week to the lunch club, also sent along a couple of surprise visitors in the form of two “Santa’s helpers”, one dressed as an elf, loaded down with wine and mince pies.
The Pendle Club is a charitable organisation which provides activities and popular lunches for anyone over the age of 60, particularly those who are lonely or vulnerable. For an annual membership fee of £5, members enjoy lunch, socialising and activities including whist, sequence and line dancing, bridge and dominoes.
Dignitaries attending the Christmas party included Ribble Valley Mayor and Mayoress Coun. Richard Sherras and Mrs Lynne Pate, along with the club president and Clitheroe Town Mayor Coun. Kevin Horkin and Mayoress Mrs Wendy Smith, club chairman Mr Brian Nightingale, club chaplain the Rev. Andy Froud and trustees Mr and Mrs John and Joan Myers. Entertainment was provided by the Hapi Butterflies.