Cotherstone Lunch Club

Where We Meet

Cotherstone Village Hall (See the venue)

When We Meet

Wednesdays between 11.30 and 14.00

Cotherstone Leader and Club Details

Michael Carr is the Leader at Cotherstone.  We are lucky to have Dawn Gibson as our Chef who provides excellent food and is always happy to try new cuisine and special events.

We are also lucky to have volunteer drivers that "taxi" members into the club where required. We have a band of loyal volunteers, without whom we could not function.

Cotherstone lunch club hold a raffle on the last Wednesday of every month.

News from Cotherstone Lunch Club

2019 Club Report

Dawn has continued to delight us with some terrific meals throughout the year. To mark certain special occasions Dawn has created meals that match or reflect the occasion. Burns Night, The Chinese New Year, the Great British Breakfast and Game Week were all celebrated with menus to do the occasions justice.

We had four outings this year. Our first was a club first - to Thorpe farm in April, where members explored the shop and other attractions. Our next trip was another club first. This time we visited the very impressive Tennants Garden Rooms in Leyburn. Not only were we served some delicious food, we were able to view the marvellous William Morris exhibition. Our next lunch out was in September, and again a club first! This time we travelled north to The Punchbowl in Edmundbyers. What a revelation! Great food and the staff were lovely; I think we may go there again. Our final trip of the year was the Christmas shopping trip to Mainsgill Farm, where we all sat together for lunch before stocking up with Christmas goodies, or, in some cases (Arthur, Michael & Ian), having a quiet read of the papers! I would like to put on record my thanks to the drivers from Maudes who have driven us on our trips - Clint and (on three occasions) Johnny.

We began the year with 23 members and ended it with 27. We said goodbye to Michael and Audrey Hutton who have moved south, and hello to David Atkinson, Sheila Bayles, Lesley Emery and Dorothy Green. We also welcomed back Anne and Peter Webb.

As well as our celebration for the members we held an event at Raby Castle (kindly provided by our Patron, Lady Barnard) where Hilda Cleasby and Arthur Barker represented Cotherstone. Arthur stole the show with a very witty speech about his first visit to Raby and the pleasure he gets from coming to the lunch club.

I want to say a massive thank you to our team of volunteers without whom we could not manage. The majority of our volunteers are also members, so here's to Myra Atkinson, Sue Roberts, Audrey Siswick, Brenda Thwaites, Gina & Dave Wilson, Pauline Hicks, Lesley Emery, Anne & Peter Webb, Hilda Cleasby, Claire Williams; to Jeff Lynn and Peter Wood who volunteer as drivers. From January we were joined once a month by Ben Tinkler from Well-being for Life who organised various activities for members. He did a cracking job, always cheerful and he engaged brilliantly with the members. Our Club has again received extremely generous donations from various Charities, and, along with other clubs, has benefited from financial support through the Association office for trip transport.

This year has been a special one for the Association and our members really enjoyed the 25th. Anniversary Lunch at Mickleton, along with members from Mickleton and Middleton. Our chefs did a brilliant job, supplying a three-course meal to over a 100 people. The members really enjoyed the opportunity not only to celebrate but to catch up with friends from other clubs.

I would also like to put on record my thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Robinson from Cotherstone, who support us with wine and with financial donations. The kind donations from organisations like this enable us to continue subsidising trips and special events like our wonderful Christmas lunch.

This year yet again our Christmas lunch was terrific and enjoyed by nearly all our members and volunteers. As always, Dawn did us proud! I would also like to thank S & A Builders Merchants of Barnard Castle for donating generous gifts which they presented to members at our Christmas lunch. Cotherstone lunch club is always ready to welcome new members and volunteers.

Finally, I would like to thank Andrea, Madeleine, Pat and Tracy at the office who manage to keep us on the right track and are always very helpful and supportive of staff, members and volunteers. A word of thanks too to the board of trustees whose work is often unseen, but vital.

Michael Carr -Club Leader