TUCKING IN: June Bland, Barbara Jobe, Marjorie and David Mounter, Syd Hall, Marjorie Christon and Gerry Carter enjoy their lunch
TUCKING IN: June Bland, Barbara Jobe, Marjorie and David Mounter, Syd Hall, Marjorie Christon and Gerry Carter enjoy their lunch

ORGANISERS of a lunch club which was started to help safeguard the future of a community centre are appealing for more members.

Startforth Lunch Club, which meets every Thursday at the former Startforth Morritt Primary School, has grown during the past 18 months – but more people are need to sustain it.

The club was launched soon after the school closed and the premises converted into a community hub by concerned residents under the guidance of Colin Clarke.

Lunch club organiser Debbie Herbert said: “Colin asked us to start this to get people into the building. The year has gone well, but to keep it going we have got to get more people.”

The lunch club currently has about 50 members.

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Along with the weekly lunch, the club also organises outings, which included a trip to the pantomime, in Darlington, and a visit to Lanchester Garden Centre last year.

Members were invited to a Christmas lunch in December to celebrate the end of a successful year and more themed evening and lunches are being planned.

The club is due to host a Burns Night, complete with haggis and bagpipes on January 24 and a Valentine’s event around February 14.

For more information or to join the club contact Ms Herbert on 01833 690805.