Gar­den seat trib­ute to club’s founders

Burton Mail - - News -

A GAR­DEN seat has been bought in mem­ory of the founders of a church lun­cheon club to mark its 30th an­niver­sary.

The seat has been placed out­side the church hall in the grounds fac­ing St Ge­orge and St Mary’s Church, Church Gres­ley, in mem­ory of Ray and Joan Smith, who set up the St Ge­orge’s Lun­cheon Club in 1988.

Af­ter a re­fur­bish­ment of the church hall, Ray and Joan de­cided to set up a day cen­tre for the el­derly of the com­mu­nity to of­fer fel­low­ship and a hot meal, and this has con­tin­ued on a weekly ba­sis. A spokesman for the club said: “It is hard to imag­ine how many peo­ple have en­joyed this fel­low­ship over the years.”

As part of the cel­e­bra­tions mem­bers, helpers and friends en­joyed an af­ter­noon tea and were en­ter­tained by the Sing4Plea­sure group, led by Claire Har­vey-East. The club has also do­nated to­wards a de­fib­ril­la­tor now in­stalled out­side the church hall.

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