Come Eat Together activities in County Durham

Gentlemens breakfast DurhamlowClick here for a list of our regular activities

Click here for a leaflet about the project

Photo left shows the Gentlemen’s Breakfast in the Durham Indoor Market. This monthly event includes a hearty English breakfast and tea/coffee followed by a speaker. Cost £3.50. Next meeting Wed 18 Nov 9.15am.

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Kitchen gardens bring pleasure to many

tomato plant fruit2_edited-1Growing your own fruit and vegetables can bring pleasure as well as provide healthy fresh produce to make meals more interesting.

After an enjoyable few months informing and promoting the joys of growing your own, one of our valued volunteers, David gave us this piece for our blog to give us his perspective on his contribution.

I have been helping the Come Eat Together team with their ‘Grow to eat’ activity for the past few months at many locations in the county. I have led short discussions on ‘Kitchen gardens for seniors’ for the participants.

It’s gratifying for me to note that the sessions are well received by them. They are pleased to learn the principles behind some routing gardening activities such as fertilizer application and pest control.

We take seedlings and seed packets to the meetings and offer them to those who attend. These have made it easy for people to start growing their own and has  encouraged them to grow some vegetables in their homes, gardens and back yards.

Sara, Project Coordinator for Come Eat Together said
“We receive lots of positive feedback from Come Eat Together members who have been informed, motivated and inspired to grow fruit and vegetables at home. We have people who have started growing salads in old washing up bowls and planting potatoes in containers which once held flowers. There are tomatoes in porches and fresh herbs on windowsills for the first time”.

Some comments we have received include:

Esteris“I can’t believe how easy it is to grow at home. I’m excited to get home to try it out”

“I’ve learnt a lot about tomato plants and lots of tips on how to make them grow well”

“I liked that you can reuse all your plastic pots to grow plants in. No expensive equipment is needed”

“The speaker was so interesting I could listened to him for much longer talk”

“I’ve learnt different ways to plant, nourish and care for plants and vegetables and how to keep slugs and snails at bay!”


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Keep warm, keep well event Wed 25 November

KWKW ACH 2Why not pop along to Age Concern House in Durham (next to the Bus Station) next Wednesday 25 November from 10am -12noon and 1 – 3pm.

We’ll be serving refreshments and giving out useful information.

We have a PAT testing service and will test your electric blankets or small items.

You will also be able to see the new ‘Quingo’ scooter available through Age UK.


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No one should have no one

older lady sits alone More than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

Contrary to what many people think, loneliness is not a normal part of ageing, and it not only makes life miserable, it can have a serious impact on your physical and mental health too. Our Come Eat Together project provides crucial companionship and support to older people across County Durham by bringing people together to make a difference. If you would like to help, please contact us on 0191 375 6577 or email us at

We also want local and national government to understand that older people’s loneliness really matters; and we want them commit to take action with us to prevent and tackle it.

And we recognise that loneliness can’t be tackled by Government action alone. We all have a role to play as individuals, families and communities in ensuring older people feel valued and included and that’s why we’re asking everyone to join us in taking action.

Please sign and share the Age UK national petition to demonstrate that loneliness in later life needs to be addressed: No one should have no one  #NoOne

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County Durham has a new local information website

LocateDurham County Council has developed a new website called  Locate  (find it at which contains a  wide range of care and support products and services, leisure and community activities to help local people to live as independently as possible.

Locate offers options for support at home, such as help with odd jobs, everyday living aids, equipment to make life easier and home care. It includes voluntary services, support for carers, day care opportunities and residential care information. As well as listing opportunities to keep active and involved such as clubs, sports and social activities.

The easy-to-use site also features a journey planner to help people plan their route to services on foot or by car, bicycle or public transport, and a link to the Care Quality Commission website, where ratings for regulated services are available – click here to see Locate in action.

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Beat the winter blues with high tea and company

Cafe Cenno high tea round_edited-lowA warm welcome to everyone who has started to follow our Come Eat Together blog recently.

On the website you will find the Activities Sheet with details of regular activities, venues, times and costs. You can also find a leaflet about the project.

When you receive an email alert, click on the blue subject heading and you will be taken to the website where you can enjoy the site in all its glory. We have short film clips and photo slide shows to enjoy.

Come Eat Together is not just about dining in style. Once you join Come Eat Together, you can choose which activities would interest you most – whether it is learning to shop online, help with shopping, growing your own fruit, herbs or vegetables or learning how to ensure you enjoy a healthy diet as you get older. Talk to our team about what you would like to do and how you would like to be involved as there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Beat the winter blues with some good company!

One activity providing an enjoyable afternoon of good company with food is the High Tea at Café Cenno in Durham’s beautiful Indoor Market. The next session is Tuesday 24 November, 2.30 – 4.00pm. The cost is £4.00 and a classic afternoon high tea is served followed an enjoyable social activity such as a fun quiz or Beetle. We made a short film to show you what it’s all about which is show below. We hope you enjoy seeing how the staff at Café Cenno and the Indoor Market bring a smile to everyone’s faces. The market also host a Gentleman’s Breakfast and watch out for another blog about that coming soon!

If you are interested in any activities, please contact the team on 0191 374 6577 or

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Meet, Play and Eat at Oakleaf Sports Complex

Archery 1Our Come Eat Together team working in partnership with Oakleaf Sports Complex launched an exciting new lunch for the over 50s this month. Meet, Play and Eat is an opportunity to meet new people, try an exciting new activity and eat a delicious lunch.

Participants had the chance to try Arrows, a less strenuous form of Archery. Although tricky to begin with, after some practice there were a few bullseyes and plenty of laughs. This was followed by fish and chips or sausage and mash in the warm and friendly bar.

Running on the first Friday of each month the lunch offers an opportunity to try a new and exciting activity each month followed by a delicious meal for the affordable price £5.00.

Come along on Friday 6 November to play classic table top games such as Dominoes, Shove Ha’Penny, Quoits and Bar Skittles.

Other up and coming activities include Target Bowls, Table Tennis and Short Tennis.

For more information and to book your place please contact The Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577 or e-mail For the latest news, videos follow our blog.

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Making ‘Silver Sunday’ special

Silver Sunday Tea Dance

Silver SundayOur Come Eat Together team were pleased to support Silver Sunday this year by hosting a Tea Dance at the beautiful Leeholme and Coundon Miners Welfare Hall in County Durham. Over 40 older people came together to Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha and Quickstep to their favourite music.

Held on Sunday 4 October in connection with the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, Silver Sunday is a national celebration of older people and their contribution to communities and also a chance to keep active in body and spirit, try new things and, ultimately, overcome loneliness.

Dancn on Silver SundayDancing began at two o’clock and the floor was never empty until the serving of afternoon tea. Volunteers from Leeholme and Coundon Community Association helped to serve a delicious selection of sandwiches and cakes washed down with cups of tea. There was a raffle, with prizes ranging from scarfs to chocolates, followed by more dancing.

TTable with lovely buffest for Silver Sundayhe afternoon was enjoyed by all who attended, with many commenting that they would like to do it all over again the following week!

The Come Eat Together Team will be working closely with Leeholme and Coundon Community Association to hold future events and develop an exciting new lunch club to be held monthly at the Welfare Hall.

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Celebrating Older People’s Day 2015

Bishop Auckland College – Older Peoples Day

BA CollegeOn 1 October Bishop Auckland College once again opened the doors of its Ambition Restaurant to host the monthly lunch club and also to celebrate National Older People’s Day.

Older People’s Day is on 1st October every year to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy. Older People’s Day supports the campaign to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.

In the spirit of the day the Health and Social Care students decorated the restaurant and greeted each older person at the college door to guide them through to the restaurant. The Catering students had worked hard all morning to cook a marvellous carvery with pork, turkey and all the trimmings. This was followed by a very chocolaty profiterole dessert.

After lunch the older people had the chance to share their board game skills with the younger generation. There were lively games of Dominos, Connect Four and Beetle Drive. This culminated in a nerve-wracking game of Draughts, where the older people were able pass on plenty of strategic tips to the students on how to beat the opponent.

Everyone had a lovely afternoon and is looking forward to the next month’s lunch and activities.

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Shopping made easy

wear valley shopping clubFood shopping may be as simple as jumping in your car and heading to the local supermarket, but for some people over 50, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

With a lack of transport and less choice in rural areas, access to healthy food can be problematic. In response to this our award winning Come Eat Together project is making shopping for food as easy as possible.

We work with local community transport providers to offer affordable shopping trips using accessible minibuses. The trips aren’t just a ride to the shops. Members get the added bonus of a door to door service, a wider variety of shops, help with heavy bags as well as plenty of time to stop off for a cuppa and a chat.

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