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Less able club’s Xmas lunch

Members of the Less Able Club enjoyed their annual Christmas lunch at Congleton Cricket Club just before the festive season.

The club is a voluntary organisation for those who are less active and less able to get about. They meet for friendship and fellowship and enjoy entertainment and trips out.

Jean Mellor and her committee had organised the festive event which was enjoyed by all.

Norma Wilkinson, (85), has been at Westlands since 1999 and going to the club for many years. She said she was glad to be back, as last year she missed the lunch because her defibrillator went off and she ended up in hospital!

Jan Stewart moved to Congleton in 1981 and lives in Parson Street. Aged, 80, she said she wouldn’t want to live anywhere other than Congleton.

Carer Annette Brownrigg and physiotherapist Marianne Bovin were looking after Val Kirk, a resident at Leonard Cheshire Home – one of a group attending from the Sandbach home.

Entertainment was provided by pianist and accordion player Brian KW Lightwater, accompanied by vocalist Jules. Together they performed an extensive sing-along programme of traditional Christmas favourites, persuading club founder Doug Parker and club chair Robin Platt to join in with the singing.

Father Christmas made an appearance and distributed Christmas presents to everyone.

There was a final treat for Sheila Thompson, widow of Richard Thompson, a former club president. She looked under her chair and found the winning ticket for a hamper full of Christmas treats.

Mr Platt took over the reins last year from Douglas Parker, who reformed and renamed the club (formerly Congleton Disabled Club) five years ago.

Mr Platt said that not only was the club membership now full, there was a waiting list to join.

He reported a full year of activities including trips and entertainment. He thanked the Rotary Club of Congleton for its support providing the presents and also New Life Church for the use of its facilities for monthly meetings.

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