The Greyfriars Friendship Club was set up as a result of our Parish Proclaim’15 Day in September 2015.
Its aim is to provide an opportunity to gather together for tea and good company for people alone or who are housebound – or indeed any one who would like to join in – Catholic or any other, or no, denomination.
A team of parishioners met in November to discuss how this might be achieved and it was agreed that we would start with a Christmas Tea Party and film on December 17th. We also agreed to arrange transport where necessary.
Following the success of the first meeting the team agreed to a tea party, monthly when we would either show a film or have some other activity. To date we have had “Bingo” a light fitness session, the film Mr Ted, a quiz, a beetle drive etc. There is no charge or subscription but guests are invited to make a donation towards costs.
About 50 guests have attended since we started – the average each month being about 24. The team has grown to eleven, with three helpers and four drivers. New team members, helpers and drivers are always welcome.
Forty members of the Greyfriars Friendship Club met for the first time after the summer break on Thursday afternoon. We got off to a brilliant start to the new year with a visit by two police dog handlers and their four dogs! They gave us an excellent and informative talk followed by a lively demonstration of the dogs in action – at least two members were arrested for having strange substances in their possession!!!! The policeman & woman then stayed for tea with us and continued to chat about their work.
The programme of Thursday meetings (2pm – 4pm) will continue through 2017.