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Senior Citizens Lunch Club

23 May 2014

The Senior Citizens Lunch Club has been providing local entertainment, afternoon teas and coach trips for senior citizens in Blackford, Perth for a number of years.

Around twenty people attend the lunch club on the last Thursday of every month in Blackford Primary School. Pupils from the school help serve food, drink and refreshments and sometimes provide entertainment. Indeed, some older residents have grandchildren, friends or neighbours attending the school, and so this monthly event has become a real opportunity for different generations in Blackford to come together and have fun. To celebrate Robert Burns day for instance, pupils recited some of the Baird’s best loved poems and songs to the great delight of guests. 

In 2013, the lunch club was awarded £1500 from the Blackford Community Benefit Fund to pay for entertainment and a light buffet meal for three monthly events. The group organised a festive social event on the 18th of December where guests enjoyed a lovely meal and live entertainment from artists Eddie Rose and Sandy Lindsay.  

In February, the Senior Citizens Lunch Club also hosted an afternoon event in the local bowling club. Well known Scottish folk singer Alistair MacDonald received a great reception when he performed some of his old classics for those in attendance.  

Sheila MacDonald, secretary of the Senior Citizens Lunch Club said, “Our social events are a popular treat for older people in Blackford. For some of our members, this is the only opportunity they get to socialise with friends and neighbours in the community.

“Everyone who comes along enjoys themselves. Our lunch club is a monthly treat for older people, run by older people – with our members contributing whatever time and resources they have to ensure each one is a success. For our other socials in the bowling club, some members help prepare the food or supply home baking; some even donate raffle prizes”. 

Volunteers also help to transport seniors to and from events to ensure everyone who wishes to attend, can.

In addition to the monthly lunch club, the group also organises day trips for senior citizens. In November 2013, fifty senior citizens enjoyed an afternoon outing to see a show at Pitlochry Festival Theatre after which they enjoyed a delicious high tea. The trip was fully funded by a grant from the Blackford Community Fund.

Sheila added, “When I’m out and about in the village, people often stop and ask me if we are going on another day trip this year. Our seniors absolutely love going away for the day and we’re really grateful to be able to offer this with the support from the Blackford Community Fund.” A day trip in autumn 2014 is already in the making…

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