After a month’s closure the lunch club at Toothill Community Centre reopened on 1 April offering a weekly roast meal to both senior citizens and younger people in the area.
The long running provision organised by a volunteer committee came to an end in February after demand dropped off and the cook left. Neil McNally stepped in to relaunch the club as a social enterprise. He said: “There was a fantastic response in the first few weeks and we’ve had lots of positive comments about the meal which is prepared and cooked on the day by Clive Williams.
“We now welcome a wider age range; the aim is to get people talking to each other over good food. You don’t have to book in advance, just turn up and enjoy a lunch.”
Tina Mackie, who set up the original senior citizens lunch club which ran for ten years, said: “I’m glad the lunch club has been revived by Neil; it’s an important part of the community as it gets people out of their house to make friends.”
Toothill’s oldest citizen Jean Carey, 99, said she is pleased she can get together with others for lunch. “I like the idea there are younger people now enjoying lunch. The meals are really tasty which is why I’d encourage anybody on their own to come along and enjoy it.”
The two course meal, including tea, coffee or a soft drink costs just £3.90. The club meets every Wednesday from 12 noon. Free transport from home is available to people unable to get to Toothill Community Centre but this needs to be booked by calling Gail Light on 01793 466223. Call for volunteers Although Toothill Lunch Club now has a paid chef, it can only be sustained if there are enough helpers to assist with meal preparation and waiting on table. To volunteer two or three hours on a Wednesday call Neil McNally on 01793 292295.