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 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 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!
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
Amerton Farm & Craft Centre
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!
We have been informed by the police that there is a scam going on outside Morrison’s. Women of a certain age are being targeted by someone telling them they have dropped £10. They are putting the money in the purse for them but taking their bank card. We are asking people to be cautious.
Since we began the book club at the beginning of 2015, we have read a variety of different books.
Not all of them have been to everyone’s taste but each time we have met there has been someone in
the group who has enjoyed the book.
We began with a fairly light-hearted novel called “The Patchwork Marriage” by Jane Green.
Most people enjoyed this novel which explored modern step families. We have read a variety of crime/thriller books the latest of which has been “The Racketeer” by John Grisham.
Our last book “Gone Girl” was quite popular with the group once they got used to the format, where the story was told from the point of view of two different people.
This gripping book has been made into a film and has been in the cinema recently. Currently we are reading The Partner By John Grisham and soon we will be reading Gustav Sonata.
We are a small but friendly group of people who enjoy reading but don’t feel under pressure to finish a book if we don’t like it. We enjoy having a chat about books, over a cup of coffee, once a month and welcome new members. If you would like to join us drop into the office at 7 High Street for more information.