Barnard Castle Lunch Club

Where We Meet

Barnard Castle Cricket Club (See venue)

When We Meet

Tuesdays between 11.30 and 14.00

Barnard Castle Leader and Club Details

Tracey Turnbull has been running the Barnard Castle Lunch Club for the last 5 years. During this time she has increased the membership where we are running at full capacity and are operating a waiting list. Tracey has a band of 11 faithfull volunteers whose hard work and dedication supports the smooth running of the club.

In December 2017 we welcomed our new Chef Mark Fromont who has settlied in well with his professional manner and excellent food.

News from Barnard Castle Lunch Club

2019 Club Report

Well here we are again; how times flies when you are enjoying yourself! We have had another lively year and the members are still as vibrant as ever.

We have welcomed some new members and said farewell to others but still we are running with a full membership.

We are pretty much creatures of habit and still run a raffle on the first Tuesday of the month that continues to generate monies which go towards trips out, entertainment and Christmas, as well as giving our members a little something for their birthdays.

Throughout the year we have had various speakers and entertainment. We had Ben Tinkler from the Durham Well Being service earlier in the year, some real fun had there, and we would have him back anytime! It's surprising how competitive some of our members can be.

Tim Viggars from NatWest bank talked about fraud and what to look out for. Veronica Lewis from Age UK, who gave information to our members about financial help they were entitled to. Very useful as this area is a minefield when you don't know what you are doing.

George Barber also from Age UK came with information and free recipe books for everyone, freebies are always well received!

Tracy Williams came out from the local health authority to chat informally to members about what was available and from where.

The end of May saw us on a trip to the Country Inn Hotel at Fir Tree where we enjoyed a lovely meal and were looked after very well.

In August we celebrated 25 years of the Association of Teesdale Day Clubs running. Happy Birthday to us! A lovely day, with friends from other clubs having the chance to mingle. A huge success.


We held a big celebration for sponsors and funders at Raby Castle (by kind permission of our Patron, Lady Barnard).

We were delighted that the eldest member from all the clubs was a Barnard Castle member and had the honour of being served the 250,000 lunch (in the form of afternoon tea).

The end of September we went to Woodham Golf and Country Club. A nice ride out for a good meal, pity I hadn't pre-ordered good weather!

We've also had Barneycles out to entertain us, they gave their time for free and they would be welcomed back anytime they could manage. So lovely to hear the members sing along.

December was a busy month as always. We had Ringtons in with their wares, our Christmas party, the children from Montalbo school into sing and on Christmas Eve Pamela Moody came and sang a variety of Christmas and non-festive songs. We were delighted to welcome a number of staff from S&A Builders Merchants who repeated their generosity from last year and brought every member a bag of goodies.

All in all, a busy year, here's to the next one being as successful.

Thanks, as always, to our volunteers without whom we wouldn't be able to run. To the office staff, meeting themselves coming back to ensure the clubs run safely and seamlessly, to Mark Fromont for your wonderful meals and quiet support and humour, to Dawn Gibson, Pat Asquith and Gill Ball for filling the gaps during holidays and most of all the members, you make doing this job so worthwhile- thank-you.


Tracey Turnbull - Club Leader