Thursday club’s special day out

Left to right: Len, Linda, Sheila and Edith with other Newmachar Thursday Club members
Left to right: Len, Linda, Sheila and Edith with other Newmachar Thursday Club members

It was a nostalgic get-together for members of Newmachar Thursday Club when they celebrated the club’s 20th anniversary last week.

The pensioners’ group marked the milestone with their weekly meeting followed by a meal in the local golf club.

It’s hard to believe that Len and Edith started as volunteers and now they are our oldest members

Linda Urquhart Volunteer Leader

But not before they took a trip down memory lane, recalling former members and the many activities which have been part and parcel of their weekly meetings over the years.

Remarkably, the club’s oldest members joined as volunteer helpers when it was formed in 1995.

Len Wilkins, 101, and Edith Shepherd, 98, are now the group’s “senior citizens” and would not miss the gatherings in the village’s Scout and Guide headquarters.

The club, numbering nine members at the moment, started out as a day care centre and is run by volunteer leaders Linda Urquhart and Sheila Main.

Linda told the Times the 20th anniversary was a landmark occasion for the club and they had wanted to mark it in a special way.

She said: “It was a great day and everyone enjoyed themselves.

“Before the meal we spent time looking at photos and remembering some of the former members.

“It’s hard to believe that Len and Edith started as volunteers and now they are our oldest members.”

The weekly meetings are an important part of life for the club members.

Linda said: “Some like a blether while others will do jigsaws but they all enjoy the company.

“There are also crafts, games, quizzes and entertainment. They have a cup of tea or coffee and also have a hot meal.”

During the year members are also taken on outings.

The Thursday club is assisted by an Aberdeenshire Council grant for accommodation and also holds various fundraising activities.

Linda added: “We are also fortunate in getting donations throughout the year from other organisations.”

The club meets in the Scout and Guide headquarters in Hillbrae Way from 9.45 until noon.