Bowled over by a lunch with a difference!

Last week new Come Eat Together members attended the launch of the brand new lunch ‘Dining by the Boundary’ at Durham County Cricket Club.

older people enjoying lunch at County Cricket ClubGuests were greeted by our volunteers Jen and Yvonne, who welcomed everyone. The excited guests then had an opportunity to chat and mingle, enjoying the stunning view from the Castle View Suite looking out to the immaculate cricket pitch and across to Lumley Castle before being officially welcomed to the lunch and the club by Richard Dowson, Chief Operating Officer of Durham County Cricket Club.

Our hungry diners then enjoyed a delicious two course meal with a choice of either:

  • Chicken and Leek Pie or
  • Beef and Vegetable Stew with a Herb Dumpling

Followed by

  • Apple Pie with Ice Cream or
  • Chocolate Brownie with Chocolate Sauce

A group of older people enjouy a tasty lunch with Come Eat TogetherThe tables were full of enthusiastic conversation with topics of discussion ranging from how lovely it was to eat in company, to an upcoming wedding and the most recent win from the Durham cricket team! Some participants also chatted about “the trouble with attracting men”, especially sharing their concerns that men can be wary of attending social occasions where they don’t know anyone. However, as Yvonne our volunteer pointed out there are other Come Eat Together activities such as the Gentlemen’s Breakfast at Durham Indoor Market which are specifically aimed at men.

The Caught and Sewed banner Everyone also chatted enthusiastically about the amazing banner on display that the ‘Caught and Sewed’ project has been working on. A fun quiz based on the banner had everyone looking closely to find the answers. It is so long that we managed to photograph just one section of it with some of the cricketers joined by enthusiastic participants (pictured above).

Cricketers served lunch to older peopleThree of the County Cricket Team cheerfully helped to serve the lunches and chatted to everyone before heading off to prepare for their match the following day (pictured left).

After lunch Harriet Gibbon Chief Executive of Age UK County Durham and Sara Collins the Come Eat Together Project Coordinator spoke about all the different ways in which the project brings people together.

Dave Ross from Durham County Cricket Foundation explaining about how the hard work of the Foundation, the Cricket Club, Riverside Events and Age UK County Durham have made the lunch possible. The lunch was then closed with a final word from Geoff Cook, Director of Cricket and former head coach.

Shirley (who is a wheelchair user) came to the lunch with her husband Denis. It was her birthday and everyone wished her a Happy Birthday whilst Denis produced a small cake with a candle. Denis contacted us afterwards to tell us “We really enjoyed coming together to an accessible environment for such a lovely meal, beautifully served in good company. Shirley told me she felt like a princess!”

We were thrilled to have coverage from the Northern Echo, Durham Advertiser and Durham Times

We welcome more members to this wonderful new lunch club. If you are interested please contact us on 0191 374 6577.

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‘What’s on’ activity sheet for Come Eat Together

Older people enjoying lunch togetherPlease click here to see the current activities for Come Eat Together across County Durham.

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Age UK County Durham is creating Dementia Friends

Dementia friends 26.7Staff and volunteers feel they are benefiting personally from becoming Dementia Friends with Age UK County Durham.
On a rainy and rather dreary Monday morning in Consett, three more volunteers and Stephanie from the Come Eat Together team took time out  to learn how to make life easier for those who are living with Dementia.

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How to spot the signs of loneliness…

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We know how important friends and social interaction are to everyone. Come Eat Together brings older people together with food to combat loneliness and to help people be linked into their communities. We love this blog from the Silver Talk project.

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Feelings of loneliness can get worse over time and lead to other serious health problems, so it’s important to be aware of the situations that might cause loneliness and common signs.
If you spot things early you can try to nip them in the bud, making sure that your relative gets the help and support that they need as early as possible.

Loneliness doesn’t happen overnight. It is something that usually creeps up over time as personal circumstances change and feelings of isolation increase. This can make it difficult for the person concerned, and those around them, to recognise what’s happening. Our checklist will help you spot some of the common signs.

Checklist: spotting the signs of loneliness

  • Verbal clues: your relative might mention that they are feeling lonely. Or friends or other family members might have noticed. Even if your relative doesn’t use the word ‘lonely’ try to read…

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Age UK County Durham joined in the festivities at the 131st annual Durham Miner’s Gala.

11665368_366768290187624_1601238907016059954_nWith the sound of brass bands playing and the glorious sun shining, 150,000 people flocked to Durham on Saturday 11 July to soak up the gala atmosphere for the annual Durham Big Meeting.

Armed with our tombola prizes  and a host of information on the services we provide to the older people of County Durham, Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together Team made a day of it at the packed out gala. We had a stall in the Community Marquee alongside a wonderful array of other organisations including local heritage groups, other charities and Durham Constabulary.

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It’s time to vote for your favourite National Lottery Award finalists for 2015!

Harriet John Chris & volsJust one year ago we were thrilled that Come Eat Together reached the finals of the National Lottery Awards in the Best Health Project category.

It launched us into a exciting couple of months which saw our volunteers and members in the project interviewed by television, radio and newspaper journalists. The staff team too found themselves talking to thousands of people about the project as we encouraged members of the public to vote for us. At the same time we cheered on another local finalist ‘If you care, share’, a project which promotes emotional well being in young people & supports families affected by suicide.

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Come Eat Together brings people together to shop!

The Come Eat Together project isn’t just about dining in style, its also about growing, learning about, talking about and shopping for food with good company thrown in. Here you can see our new short film about how we help with shopping. This film shows the Shildon Shopping Club, but we also operate shopping clubs in Bishop Auckland, Derwentside, Derwent Valley, Weardale and have a new one planned for Wear Valley. If you are interested in helping as a volunteer or would like to join a shopping club, contact us on 0191 374 6577.

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Stay cool in the summer heat

2 ladies in a heatwaveWith the weather hotting up, we all want to get outside and enjoy it, especially as the sun has some great health-boosting benefits.

Sunlight enables our body to produce vitamin D, helping us to absorb calcium and keep our bones healthy. And if you’re feeling a bit down, being in the sun can even improve your mood.

But it’s important to take care too. Heat can cause you to dehydrate, so make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids and keep your skin protected. Did you know that if you have breathing problems or a heart condition, your symptoms might get worse when it’s very hot? Be aware of the symptoms of heatstroke  and if you’re worried about the effect of heat on your health, pop along to your GP and have a chat to make sure you stay comfortable.

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Graham Courtney was a hit at the Gentlemans Breakfast

Graham Courtney from TalksportBROADCASTER Graham Courtney was the speaker at a first-of-its-kind gentlemen’s breakfast. Mark Tallentire from the Northern Echo went along to see how it went. Click here to see his article and photographs.

Age UK County Durham is organising monthly Gentlemen’s Breakfasts for men aged over 50 and the voice of Talk Sport attended the first, held at Cafe Cenno, at Durham’s Market Hall today on Wednesday, 20 May.

The breakfasts are aimed at combating loneliness and encouraging healthy eating.

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A little movie magic dining in style at Northumbrian Water

It’s Cannes Film Festival this week, so we thought we would bring a little movie glamour to Come Eat Together members. We have made a series of short films which we will be sharing with you over the next few weeks.

We thought we would start with Dining in Style at Northumbrian Water. The staff at Northumbrian Water get the seal of approval from our members. We think this film shows why their volunteers are so popular.

If you would like to know more, please contact us on 0191 374 6577 or email


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