School choir brings festive joy to elderly diners

W51541H14''Sompting Village Primary School Choir at the Christmas Lunch of the Sompting Lunch Club at the Harriet Johnson Centre Sompting on Thursday SUS-141218-160533001
W51541H14''Sompting Village Primary School Choir at the Christmas Lunch of the Sompting Lunch Club at the Harriet Johnson Centre Sompting on Thursday SUS-141218-160533001

CHILDREN swung by a lunch club in Sompting to sing Christmas carols while the elderly dined.

Sompting Village Primary School attended the Harriet Johnson Centre in Loose Lane last Thursday to bring some festive joy to Sompting Lunch Club.

Run by Age UK, the lunch club provides a fresh two-course home cooked lunch every Thursday.

Club co-ordinator Geraldine Sharpe said more than 30 children arrived to sing for the members, some of whom are grandchildren of members.

She said: “We got all the ladies and gentlemen in the room for tea and coffee just in time for the event, which went on for about 40 minutes.

“They had a wonderful time. It was nice to see them singing along with the children.

“We have a few members with onset dementia and it was nice to see them remember the songs.”

People were also treated to goodie bags provided by Shoreham Academy, which included essential groceries and some personal gifts.

The day ended with a raffle and the exchange of presents.

One member, Margaret Rendell, said she had yet to have a better meal in a restaurant.

Mrs Sharpe continued: “It was a lovely time.

“We also had a woman who said it was the best Christmas she can remember since being with her partner.”

Age UK provides services at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people.

The club opens from 11am every Thursday and lunch is served at 12.30pm for £4.50.

Transport is available upon request and activities include quizzes, board games and carpet bowls.

For more details, call club staff on 07904976736 or 07544584519.

For more on Age UK, visit www.ageuk.org.uk