Stainton Grove Day Club

Where We Meet

Bowes Lyon House, Barnard Castle

When We Meet

Tuesdays between 11.30 and 14.00

Stainton Grove Leader and Club Details

Michael Carr has been our leader for the last three years his gentle manner and enthusiasm has been a real asset to the club. Michael is ably assisted by an extremely small team of volunteers who are a vital part of the club. Denise Morris, one of our longest serving volunteers covers for Michael when he is away.

Alison our Chef has been with us for over five years, she provides excellent meals every week and once a month sells a selection of her home baked biscuits.

We hold a monthly raffle, are keen "kurlers" and enjoy short trips around the area.

News from Stainton Grove Day Club

2019 Club Report

2019 has been a year of change for Stainton Grove Lunch Club. During the course of the year we have increased our membership.

We have been joined by several new members and we hope they continue to enjoy their weekly visits. One of the most satisfying elements of this year has been the fabulous activities provided by Ben Tinkler from Wellbeing UK. He has engaged our members in a range of physical activities including kurling and skittles, which our male members approach highly competitively! Our own Sue Bainbridge too, has led a number of armchair Zumba sessions and, again, these have been very well received.

Our trips out this year total four. Our first at the end of March was to the Fox and Hounds in Cotherstone, followed at the end of April by our second visit to the Teesdale Hotel in Middleton. No year at Stainton Grove would be complete without at least one trip to the Country Teashop in Staindrop and it was to our members' favourite establishment that we travelled for our third trip out in August. Our final lunch out was on a very wet and windy day at the end of September when we went for our second visit to the Saxon Inn at Escomb. At each of the establishments we visited we were very well looked after by the staff there. No doubt we shall revisit them all at some point.

2019, of course, was a very special year for the Association and our members greatly appreciated the wonderful lunch that we shared with Barnard Castle, Woodland and Evenwood in July at Barnard Castle Cricket Club. Equally it was a great pleasure to accompany Bob Hamilton and Muriel Bailey to the 25 Year Celebration event at Raby Castle in October.

Autumn brought more changes. I was inducting our new Staindrop Leader during November and the members were served ably by Denise Morris who agreed to cover me to enable our new leader at Staindrop to hit the ground running. Denise is a star!

On the 26th November we had our last lunch at Stainton Grove Community Centre and on the 3rd December had the first lunch at our new venue, Bowes Lyon House in Barnard Castle.

Our Christmas lunch, as ever, was brilliant. Alison did us proud and the 'two Denises' organised the Christmas tombola.

We are especially grateful to S & A Builders Merchants who, again, have very generously donated gift bags to our members.

I would also like to thank the staff from Kyle Travel for their fantastic help on Christmas Eve.

Finally, a heartfelt thanks to Denise Morris, Denise Richmond, Sue Bainbridge and Jill Smith for the help, advice and friendship they give to staff and members. We could not run without you! A big thanks, too, to the folk in the office and to the Board of Trustees whose work is often unseen but vital.

Michael Carr - Club Leader