Village luncheon clubs can tuck into £800

TASTY OFFER ' Dilys Day and Stella Brunskill (right) with members of the Mellor Luncheon Club.
TASTY OFFER ' Dilys Day and Stella Brunskill (right) with members of the Mellor Luncheon Club.

A tasty £800 is on the menu for Ribble Valley community groups to start or improve luncheon clubs.

These clubs provide older people, often in the vilages, with the opportunity to socialise over a regular hot nutritious meal.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s partnership officer, Dilys Day, said: “Luncheon clubs keep older people engaged in local life, giving them a sense of involvement and belonging.

“They provide an essential service in rural areas, by offering a friendly meeting place for those who cannot readily leave their village and consequently suffer isolation and loneliness.”

The popular Mellor Luncheon Club has been meeting at the Mellor Methodist Church Hall for 10 years and receives annual funding from Ribble Valley Borough Council.

An enthusiastic team of volunteer cooks and helpers (pictured) serve a hot two-course meal made from fresh local produce followed by tea or coffee every Friday.

For just £4, participants can enjoy a range of dishes, including salmon hollandaise with new potatoes and vegetables, followed by peaches and cream, or a club favourite, sausage casserole with Yorkshire pudding.

Cook Jean Walmsley said: “We have about 16 members, who really look forward to attending. They don’t just receive a hot meal, but get to socialise, too. They really enjoy each other’s company and get dressed up for the occasion. It’s a fabulous atmosphere.”

Community groups interested in starting or improving a lunch club are invited to a meeting in the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber in Church Street, Clitheroe, on Thursday, September 17, from 10.30am to noon.

Further details are available from Dilys Day on 01200 425111.