Sunday Lunch Club
Most of Warrington U3A Groups aim to give opportunities to develop and share knowledge and skill with other members, but the Sunday Lunch Club has a different purpose. Back in 2007, I had a "Eureka" moment, when I read an article in the national U3A magazine about how successful Sunday Lunch Groups were proving. I knew that many WU3A members live alone, and sometimes have no human contact for several days at a stretch. Would the chance to meet up with other members over a convivial meal be attractive to them? I knew the idea appealed to me!
After publicity in the Autumn 2007 Newsletter, and an announcement at the September General Meeting, the Sunday Lunch Group met for the first time on the third Sunday in September 2007, and have continued to meet monthly ever since, including through the summer when most U3A activities are suspended. At the first Lunch, 12 people attended, but now there are over thirty people on the list, although it is rare for everyone to turn up at once. The original idea of meeting at a different pub in different parts of the town was abandoned when we realised what a poor bus service there was on Sundays - although car drivers were usually willing to give lifts to members living fairly near them, for non-drivers living in the more far-flung areas of Warrington, attending a meeting in another part of the town was very difficult. So we finally settled on a fairly central venue, the Waterside pub, near Bridgefoot, and that has proved convenient for most. Some people do some shopping before lunch, some afterwards. It wasn't long before some couples joined the Group, although most attendees are on their own - until they arrive and make friends!
We meet at 12.15-12.30, and are usually on our way before 3.00pm., having enjoyed a meal of our own choice, at a reasonable price, as well as a good old natter with fellow U3A members.
So if you find that over weekends you begin to suffer from cabin fever, why not consider joining us? Please contact me by the Thursday before the 3rd Sunday of the month - and I'll confirm the date of the meeting (sometimes we do have to change our date, especially in December) and add your name to the list. I need to do this as I always advise the venue how many to expect.
New members can email me via the website - I'm looking forward to meeting you.
The Group Contact is Jennie, Deputy Contacts Ian and Eunice. (See Members' Information Sheet for phone nos.)