Santa Fun Run

Last week was the cheque presentation for the Great Lutterworth Santa Fun Run that was held on the 26th November 2017.

Alison and Carol being presented with the cheque by Ian Jones from Max Electrical.

Age Concern raised a total of £870 through sponsorship, which will go towards helping us to run events to combat loneliness in Lutterworth and the surrounding area. We would like to give a big thank you to both our runners and their sponsors, and hope to see plenty of participants this year as well.

For more information about the Santa Fun Run, please see our page here.

Spring Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter for 2018 is now availiable!

As well as our regular events, covered in this edition are trips to Brackley Antiques Centre, Emmerdale Studio Tour, Crich Tramway, British Ironworks, and a Princess River Cruise.

To pick up a booklet or book a trip please visit us in our office at 7 High Street Lutterworth.

Alternatively, the newsletter is available for download here:

Spring Newsletter

Foodbank Update!

In 2017, customers and volunteers at Age Concern Lutterworth donated a massive 1,083kg of food to Lutterworth & Villages Foodbank. Thank you so much to everyone who donated food through our charity shop. Donated food goes towards providing those in an emergency situation, whether from job loss, loss of benefits, or homelessness, with a healthy food parcel while food bank staff help them towards a long-term solution.

With 151 kilos donated in January and 140 kilos donated in February, we are currently on track to give even more food this year! If you wish to donate, simply bring your food along to our shop at 7 High Street Lutterworth, and leave it in the green box by the door marked ‘Food Bank’. All your food donated will go towards helping those in crisis in our community.

For more information about Lutterworth & Villages Foodback, please check out their website at: https://lutterworthvillages.foodbank.org.uk/

‘Stay Safe’ Project

This year Age Concern Lutterworth & District are promoting a ‘Stay Safe’ project.

We are issuing emergency medical detail forms which come with a protective pouch for you to keep the form in. We advise that you keep this form with you at all times as the information could aid the emergency services should you require them whilst away from home. Store it in your wallet or purse so that emergency services can find it easily if required.

If you have not yet received one of the forms they are available from the office in our shop, please pop in and get one!

Photo Gallery Update

Our photo gallery has been updated with photos from our Chatsworth House 2017 and New Years Party 2018 events.

The Chatsworth House photos can be found here. We went on a tour of the historic house, which had been decorated for Christmas following the theme ‘Oh Dickens It’s Christmas’, celebrating the works of Charles Dickens with lovely papercraft displays.

The photos from the New Years Party can be found here. We had a two course meal with entertainment, and everyone had a lovely time. Our next party will be the Easter party on the 27th March, and we hope to see both new and old faces there! Call into the office to book a place or ask for more information.

Lunch & Bingo – 15th March

Age Concern Lutterworth and District is running the Lunch & Bingo again in March! This excursion has been very popular when we’ve ran it before, with everyone enjoying a lovely day out with great food and the chance to win big on the bingo.

We’ll be picking up everyone by coach, before travelling to the Bull’s Head in Wolvey, where everyone will enjoy a two course lunch followed by four games of bingo with a break in between. There’s a cash prize for each bingo game for line and house, coming out of the overall ticket price.

The price will be £16.00, including the coach, the meal and four bingo games.

For more information or to book a place please pop in to the office in the shop at 7 High Street, Lutterworth.

We hope to see you there!

Book Club Update

 

In January the Book Club discussed “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time” which most of us enjoyed.  It is the story of a young, autistic boy who finds a dead dog and sets out to find out who has killed him.  The author show a really good understanding of autism and the book is by turns funny and sad.

 

 

 

In February the Book Club is reading “Notes from a Small Island”, by Bill Bryson.  Bryson is an American married to an Englishwoman who decides to take a trip around Britain in the early 1980s before moving his family over to America.  This book has led to very mixed feelings.  Some loved his humour, others felt the book was very dated and at times did not like his choice of language.

 

The book for March is “Lollipop Shoes” by Joanne Harris followed by a very different choice, a detective/thriller in April.  Although, as a group, we choose a book for each month there is no pressure to read the book.  If members do not like the look of a particular novel they can choose another book by the same author or a book of the same type e.g. thriller, historical novel, romance.

The Book Club space for a few more members, if you would like to join just come along on the second Monday of the month at Lutterworth Library, 10:45 am. For more information check out our page here.

The Big Knit Update

The Big Knit campaign for Innocent Smoothies has delivered over 1.7 million smoothie hats in 2017, of which 5000 were from our Age Concern Lutterworth & District, raising a total of £1250.00. Thank you very much everyone who participated for us!

We are currently accepting hats still for the upcoming 2018 campaign, and usually have free small balls of wool available for knitters if you want to drop in and pick some up.


The Big Knit supports local and national projects to keep older people warm in the winter by donating 25p for every Innocent Smooties bottle with a knit hat sold. For more information, check out our page on the Big Knit here.

Greetings from New Staff

Greetings to all Age Concern Lutterworth clients, volunteers, and customers!

My name is Elizabeth Sowerby (Lizzie for short), and I’m joining the staff team as an Office Assistant.

I’m a Lutterworth local who has been volunteering for the charity for over a year now, and am very excited to be expanding my role for the charity. I hope to support local residents in getting the help and support they need, and aid Age Concern Lutterworth in running accessible events for our clients to promote friendship and fun.

I am a fairly recent graduate with a BA in History from University of East Anglia, and I’m thrilled to be starting my career with Age Concern Lutterworth.

I’ll be in charge of updating this blog, so please keep your eyes out for more posts about fundraising opportunities and our regular events.

I hope to get to know all of you in the weeks and months to come!

 

Happy New Year!

Age Concern Lutterworth & District wishes everyone a Happy New Year!

We have new and exciting events planned for 2018, please check out our newsletter, either by picking up a physical copy in store or by downloading a copy below:

Winter 2017/18 Newsletter

 

2017 has been a busy year for us, we have increased our events and day trips by seven compared to last year, with trips including:

  • Thetford Forest Tour
  • Midsomer Murder Tour
  • Rutland Water Cruise and Lunch
  • Black Country Museum
  • Ironbridge
  • Amerton Farm & Craft Centre
  • Cinderella Pantomine
  • Murder on the Orient Express Cinema Trip

We have also been running our regular events, such as: party events, lunch clubs, seated excercise class, book club and line dancing.

In terms of fundraising, we recently took part in the Lutterworth Charity Swimfest, held at the Lutterworth Leisure Centre on the 11th of November and run by the Rotary Club of Lutterworth Wycliffe. Alison, Emma, Rosie, Beryl and Laura swam a total of 76 lengths raising £263.00 for the charity and a further 10% was given to the Rotary Club. Personal thanks go to Rosie Page and Beryl Lawrence for raising over £100 and completing so many lengths.

Congratulations to us for winning first place for the third time Most Innovative Christmas Window at the Lutterworth Light Switch On, our theme was using old books representing people’s chapters within their lives. Sometimes, life throws its problems at us, we could be 35, 72, 84 or 90. Whatever your age rewrite your next chapter with us – Age Concern Lutterworth & District beating loneliness and isolation.

We expect this year to be just as busy as last year (if not even busier) and look forward to seeing all our current clients and making new ones. We hope you become involved, whether by attending events, becoming a volunteer, or even just shopping in store. We wish you all a very happy, healthy and busy 2018!