New service for Petworth’s elderly and vulnerable

A new service for elderly and vulnerable people in the Petworth area is set to launch on September 4.

The Lunch Club Plus will open at Hampers Green Community Centre organised by Age UK West Sussex as a second arm to its four day a week day activity programme already taking place at Midhurst.

The new service has been commissioned by the voluntary group Rother Valley Together which also set up the new day care centre at the Grange in Midhurst after West Sussex County Council axed its facilities there.

Leading light of the new Hampers Green Lunch Club Plus is town councillor Juliet Fynes, who has agreed to monitor the success of the new project and report back to fellow Petworth town councillors, who have agreed to fund the cost of hiring the centre for the Tuesday club.

Reporting on the success of the day centre at the Grange Midhurst Centre Manager for UK West Sussex Petra Lynn said a new range of activities were being planned.

“We run a lunch club at the Grange in Midhurst on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday where for just £5 you can have a freshly cooked two course meal including a tea or coffee and enjoy the company and chat of people of a similar age.

“On Mondays we run a bingo session after lunch with a cash prize for just £1, on Thursday you can enjoy some armchair exercise with Margaret and on Friday enjoy a mind bending quiz with our quiz master Judy (£1 per person).”

She said a mini bus ran on Tuesdays and Thursdays and there were spaces to pick people up from Plaistow, Lurgashall, Kirdford, Easebourne, Midhurst and villages in between for just £5 return.

“We are also proud to announce our new lunch club plus starting in September in Petworth at the Hampers Green Community Centre and running every Tuesday.

“Starting in September Jeanette Sutton will be taking an art class every Tuesday morning between 10am and noon for both Age UK members and members of the public.

“For further details about this and prices please call us after August 13. We also hope to start running pottery, basic computing and cookery classes, so watch out for further announcements.”

Mrs Lynn said Age UK West Sussex was also looking for new volunteers: “If there is anyone with a skill to share or maybe just a few hours to help out making tea, serving lunch or collecting our members, we would love to have you as a volunteer.”

Anyone who would like further details should contact the centre on 01730 816267.