Lunch club closes after four decades

Members of Monifieth Lunch Club gathered at Monifieth Golf Club to acknowledge and thank Betty Ewing for her long service for the club.
Members of Monifieth Lunch Club gathered at Monifieth Golf Club to acknowledge and thank Betty Ewing for her long service for the club.

A Monifieth older people’s club is set to fold after more than 40 years of providing meals and companionship

The Monifieth Lunch Club opened in 1974 but, owing to falling numbers and the retiral of the head organiser, the decision has been taken to close.

Founded with the help of a grant from Monifieth Town Council, the club provided lunches for pensioners on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For over 40 years volunteers provided transport, as needed, for members to the Gerard Hall and they were served lunch.

However, as membership continues to fall Monifieth Lunch Club will soon become financially unviable, and with the retiral of club organiser Mrs Betty Ewing the decision was regretfully taken to wind up at the end of the season.

Mrs Ewing has been a volunteer for almost 20 years and an organiser for 15, and is well deserving of her retirement!

As well as Mrs Ewing’s years of hard work a number of other people have also given generously of their time over the years to support the club.

Celina Heslip from Monifieth Lunch Club said: “Betty has been quite amazing. We would also like to mention the committee who have run the lunches, David Hawkins, treasurer of 15 years and the male drivers who have given up time and effort freely to transport the clients.”