Earby luncheon club dishing up delicious dinners again

Jess Lomas and her partner Claire McGlone have taken over the running of Earby Luncheon Club for Over 50s. (S)
Jess Lomas and her partner Claire McGlone have taken over the running of Earby Luncheon Club for Over 50s. (S)

An Earby mum is leading a group of volunteers as they work to rescue a popular luncheon club for the over 50s.

The Earby Luncheon Club launched a last-ditch appeal for volunteers to come forward after their long-term chef started a new life in Scotland in June.

But thanks to the hard work of Jess Lomas (37), her partner Claire McGlone and a team of volunteers, the club is once again dishing up affordable, high-quality meals to senior citizens.

The club re-opened earlier this month, after Jess and her team offered to cook and serve meals.

She hopes that they might be able to provide a valuable service to the elderly and that they might inspire others to volunteer.

For its first sitting, the luncheon club attracted 40 hungry diners.

And now the new volunteer team are hoping to attract even more over 50s who want to enjoy mouth-watering meals and meet up with old friends while making some new ones.

“We have been pleading and pleading for a chef to come and take over the role and nobody has,” she said.

“We have thrown ourselves right in. It might encourage others to get involved. There should be more people doing things like this right across the country.”

Jess and her team initially wanted to run the club as a strictly non-profit organisation, but were told they must register as a business.

But they have vowed to put any profit towards weekly raffle prizes and a Christmas party for diners.

“We are not really going to make much. We are doing it for the good of the community,” she said.

“We are throwing our heart and soul into it to make it better. I can’t believe that nobody in this community wanted to commit.”

The luncheon club takes place each Friday at the New Road Community Centre in Earby, starting at noon.

Contact Jess or Claire on 01282 219440 for more details or to book a mini bus for transport to the club ring 07906 977954.