Sheffield lunch club marks 30 years

Una Martin and Jean Wright serve meals to Audrey Shepherd Kath Allam and June Mason
Una Martin and Jean Wright serve meals to Audrey Shepherd Kath Allam and June Mason
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CELEBRATIONS took place to mark three decades of what has become a lifeline for elderly people on a Sheffield estate.

Shiregreen lunch club, based at Shiregreen United Reformed Church on Valentine Crescent, provides pensioners with a place to enjoy a hot meal and socialise.

Local residents enjoy their meals at the Shiregreen Reform Church Lunch Club which is celebrating its 30th anniversary

Local residents enjoy their meals at the Shiregreen Reform Church Lunch Club which is celebrating its 30th anniversary

Sessions take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week, run by volunteers.

The anniversary party was attended by club members and special guests, including Shiregreen and Brightside councillor Peter Rippon.

As well as the usual home-cooked hot meal and other activities, everyone was presented with a poster calendar for 2013, as a memento, and there was a message of thanks to the volunteers from local councillors. Everyone at the meal also raised a glass of sherry as a toast to the next 30 years.

Gwen Lucraft, the co-ordinator of the lunch clubs said: “The message of the event is that a small amount of support from the council and other bodies generates a huge amount of valuable activity and support for isolated and lonely people.”

Gwen urged Sheffield Council to continue support for the club, despite the tough financial climate.