Co-op aid comes to club’s rescue

IN this time of cuts and money being short, community groups like ours, St Aidens’ Pop in Club, are finding it difficult to find the funds for outings and different activities to keep our members entertained.

We are self sufficient in raising money, with subscriptions, raffles and bring and buy sales, but the cost of transport for us to get out and about is becoming increasingly difficult.

We decided to ask some of our big stores, where most of us do our shopping every week, if they could make a donation, but unfortunately we were turned down.

But were very lucky to hear that the Co-operative have their own Community Fund.

Any group can collect a form from their local store and give information of the number of their members, their recent accounts and ideas of what they would spend the donation on if they were accepted.

We were fortunate to receive £200 and enjoyed a great day out on November 24.

We began with a shopping trip to Dalton Park, then went on to a Christmas fair held at Wynyard Hall in Teesside.

Sir John Hall, who resides there, came to chat to us.

He was really interested to hear about our club and our activities.

He chatted at length about his younger days in Ashington.

We are looking for new members, so if anyone has some free time on Thursdays, from 1pm to 3.30pm, and would like to join us for a game of bingo, cup of tea and a chat, they will be made very welcome.