Gainford Lunch Club
Where We Meet
Montalbo Hall, Gainford (See the venue)
When We Meet
Mondays between 11.30 and 14.00
Gainford Leader and Club Details
Tracey Turnbull has been the Club Leader since early 2019 and Barbara Thompson joined us as Chef in 2016.
Tracey provides lots of entertainment and very good trips and Barbara consistently produces a variety of delicious meals, catering for everyone's taste.
Mona one of our volunteers turned members runs a monthly raffle and the monies raised go towards providing little extras for parties and celebrations.
News from Gainford Club
2019 Club Report
We have seen some changes of staff this year: we sadly said goodbye to Carole after many very dedicated years with us and welcomed Tracey as our new leader. We were very fortunate to get Tracey as many of the members knew her when she had been a relief cook.
Gainford is one of our smaller clubs, but no less vibrant than some of the other clubs, there is a solid membership of people from the village and a couple from Ingleton as well.
We are still trying to encourage new members and are working hard to get new faces through the doors. We have welcomed two new volunteers this year.
This year we have had a talk from the Nat West Community Banker, Tim Viggars who advised members about scamming and how to access help when they need it.
George Barber from Age UK gave another interesting talk about how to keep safe, warm and also how to avoid nuisance calls. He was able to supply and fit call blockers for the members - which have been a huge success.
In April we had a very enjoyable trip to the Fox and Hounds at Cotherstone. The food was excellent (especially for those of us who had the "whale" and chips) and the members enjoyed the ride up the dale. After a fairly quiet summer, we enjoyed a trip to Eggleston Hall Gardens in September, where the food was very good, and the members took the opportunity to look around the shop.
In August we joined with other clubs to celebrate 25 years of Teesdale Day clubs - this was a huge adventure, which involved a lot of time and money but was really enjoyed by everyone - and gave the members chance to meet people from other clubs.
We had a lovely time Christmas shopping when we went on a trip to Strikes Garden Centre at Northallerton. This was the members' choice and it gives them a great opportunity to do their own shopping and see what is available. This is very important for people to maintain their own independence and make their own decisions instead of relying on other people to do things for them. We also had some delicious food.
We have enjoyed hearing the Barneycles - a local music group who were very entertaining and talented. They played popular music from the 1950s to the 1980s and the members were singing along and tapping their feet - which was lovely to see.
Thank you to James Dykes and his colleagues for giving up their time and for providing first class entertainment.
Every year we look forward to the children from Gainford Primary school who are a wonderful entertainment. The members really enjoy hearing them and I would like to thank their teachers for bringing them out at such a busy time of year. I am pleased to say that the children enjoy it every bit as much as the members.
We have also had a singer, Pamela Moody, who came to entertain us and was appreciated by everyone.
I would like to thank our small band of dedicated volunteers, who help me run the club. They have kept me right during the transition period and we could not run without them.
Special thanks to Barbara, our cook - who manages to provide great meals on a small budget and for her excellent Christmas lunch.
We have settled in as a strong team and I look forward to taking the Club into the New Year, enjoying new challenges and encouraging new members.
Tracey Turnbull - Club Leader