Mickleton Lunch Club
Where We Meet
Mickleton Village Hall (See the venue)
When We Meet
Thursdays between 11.30 and 14.00
Mickleton Leader and Club Details
Gill Ball celebrated a decade as leader of Mickleton lunch club in 2017 - she is both a lively and caring leader.
Mickleton continues to provide a community lunch once a month, where people who cannot attend regularly come along to enjoy lunch and good company. Mickleton members are keen players of new age kurling which can become very competitive!
Gill provides a number of trips to a variety of places. Dawn Gibson has been our Chef for the last six years, her food is superb and she spends time making special event meals for Burns night, Halloween and other celebrations.
News from Mickleton Day Club
2019 Club Report
We have enjoyed another great year Mickleton with numbers at 25 by the end of 2019.
We keep busy every month with our customised raffle and quizzes, from Play Your Cards Right to General Knowledge to picture quizzes, we even had a European picture quiz to celebrate the European elections!! All of these activities keep our brains 'ticking over'!!
Steve and Liz (PCSOs from Barnard Castle Police) continue to call, Steve gave us a talk about 'cold callers' which started a very interesting question and answer session. Steve is a regular caller and has become a friend to many.
Alison has brought her homemade cakes and biscuits along and Ringtons call in once a fortnight. We continue to hold our community lunch at the end of every month and this is attended by those people who are unable to come along every week, it's a great way of our local community being able to join in and meet other people.
Steve and Alison from S & A were invited for lunch in January following on from the success of the Christmas presents received from them and this is our way of saying thank you for their generosity.
We have had a busy year which have included a variety of very useful presentations and visits from local services:
Tim Viggars who is from our local Nat West bank gave important information and guidance on scamming and fraud.
Richard Brown a firefighter from our local Fire Brigade came for lunch and discussed fire and safety in the home. A lot of our members asked for home visits to have a look at their fire alarms etc.
George Barber from Age UK talked about 'keeping warm'.
Victoria Perkins, Podiatrist, gave an interesting talk about 'feet', not sure the pictures of athlete's foot went down just after lunch!!
Ben Tinkler from Wellbeing for Life has been to visit and will continue to do so in the future.
Cynthia Robson Mackenzie brought her lovely old photos along. All taken in Upper Teesdale from the past, lots of nostalgia and it got everyone thinking back in time. We had some delightful poetry read to us from Malcolm Barnes.
A favourite with our members is the new age curling which can be quite competitive!
We have celebrated Burns Night, Chinese New Year, Easter, Halloween and Christmas - all fantastically themed lunches created by Dawn, along with lots of lovely cakes for birthdays and anniversaries.
Our biggest celebrations were of course the 25th Anniversary parties, we held our own 'in-house' party with lots of fun, good food and wine and then we joined our neighbouring lunch clubs from Cotherstone and Middleton-in-Teesdale to further celebrate the fantastic milestone.
We have all come together to visit some lovely venues for lunch, in Spring we had a fabulous meal at Headlam Hall where the surroundings and gardens were just beautiful. Our Summer trip wasn't that far away where we went to Thorpe Farm, we were treated very well and couldn't eat all the food!!
Closer to home we visited Harry and Elizabeth Dick's garden in Romaldkirk for tea and scones which was, as ever, a lovely afternoon.
Sadly, in October I decided that my time at Mickleton had come to an end due to my own personal reasons and we had a very sad last day together, after 13 years of love, fun, laughter and tears, I could go on. There were lots of tears on the day, mostly mine! I shall miss everyone.
Once again Dawn and the volunteers have been a joy to work with. It has been a pleasure being part of a lovely group of people, the volunteers work very hard each week and we are supported by the wonderful staff in the office.
Finally, we have received generous donations from our local community which has really complemented a lovely year.
Gill Ball - Club Leader