Invitation for older residents

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Elderly residents in Holbeach are being encouraged not to stay home alone but join in with two clubs in the town.

Holbeach Pop-In Centre in Church Street is open six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays, between 9.30am and 11.45am for people to come and meet friends, read books and magazines or relax over a cup of tea and biscuit.

The pop-in was started about 40 years ago to give people aged 55 and over a place to enjoy a chat indoors.

Holbeach residents can also join the weekly Friday Club which is held at the WI Hall in Park Road from 1.30pm till 3.30pm.

The programme differs every week and includes whist and bingo, a visiting speaker and a bring and buy session for members who pay a small membership fee twice a year.

Pat Harland, who is involved in both clubs, said: “They’re both run completely by volunteers, but the pop-in is more of a social place for people to come to instead of sitting at home alone.

“It was started because there used to be a group of elderly men who just stood on the corner of Holbeach High Street and chatted, so someone thought it would be nice for them to have somewhere to sit down and talk in the dry.

“The Friday Club started in the 1950s and we have a different programme each week, including shows at South Holland Centre put on by community groups.”

For more details, contact Pat on 01406 424199.