Welcome to Come Eat Together

Older men in Durham enjoy a full english breakfast in good companyOur award winning project brings older people together with food. If you would love to enjoy a meal out in pleasant surroundings but have no-one to go with, contact us on 0191 374 6577.  Our activities include:

  • Lunch clubs, Breakfast Clubs and Afternoon Teas in pleasant venues
  • Help with shopping (shopping cubs, shopping online)
  • Be inspired to brighten up meals at home
  • Grow fruit and vegetables easily at home
  • Opportunities to meet new people & make new friends
  • Volunteering (formal or informal) to help others and get involved

List of current regular activities
Referral form
Project Information Pack
Derwent Valley Diners

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Gents Breakfast singalong

We had such a wonderful time at the Gent’s Breakfast that we thought we would share this with you. The group enjoy a talk after their breakfast each month.  In January the group ate breakfast and talked with the Bishop Of Durham. They weren’t sure how to follow such a distinguished guest, so this month Gerry,  a member of the group, brought his guitar along to provide something different. When members stood up and started blowing bubbles, there was plenty of jolly laughter from the whole group.

The singing and laughter from the group led to interest from stall holders and shoppers in the Indoor Market. This has led to some new members who will be welcomed next time.

The Gents Breakfast meets monthly in the Indoor Market in Durham City on a Wednesday morning priced £4.00. Each breakfast is followed by a talk chosen by the group or, in this case an enjoyable ‘sing-along’.If you are interested in joining Come Eat Together please contact us on 0191 374 6577



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Come Eat at Spectrum starts on Valentine’s Day

Always a warm welcome at Come Eat Together activitiesAge UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together Team have been working in partnership with Spectrum Leisure Complex in Willington to bring the over 50’s in the area together with food.

Taking place monthly on the second Tuesday of the month 11.00am-1.00pm participants will have the chance to enjoy traditional favourites such as shepherd’s pie, mince and dumplings and roast dinners, followed by a dessert, with the added bonus of no washing up.

Alison from Spectrum said, “It’s not just lunch on offer, there’s also the chance to catch up with new and old friends over a cuppa. As well as joining in a variety of after lunch activities such as informative talks, taster sessions and quizzes

Louise Haymer Development Worker added, “We are also keen for local people to have a say in how the lunch will run and what activities people would like to be involved in. Therefore we would like to invite people along to a free taster session on Tuesday 14th February, 11.00am until 1.00pm. It’s your chance to get involved and taste the food on offer”.

Booking is essential for the taster session. Click here to download the poster/flier
The regular lunch club begins on Tuesday 14 March at 1.00pm with two courses for £5.00.
For more information and to book your place please contact the Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577.

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Aspiring chefs are cooking up a storm for older people in County Durham


Catering student at New College Durham are inviting people aged over 50 who live on their own to come and make new friends whilst dining in style.

Age UK County Durham’s Come Eat Together project, has teamed up with New College Durham who have opened the doors to their fabulous Le Nouveau Restaurant to host a monthly lunch club.

All meals are prepared and cooked-to-order and served by the College’s aspiring student chefs, waiters and waitresses supported by qualified and experienced teaching staff.

Harriet Gibbon, Chief Executive of Age UK County Durham said

“Come Eat Together enables people who live alone or are carers to enjoy dining out with others in pleasant surroundings.

This is an intergenerational project and we are delighted that New College Durham are giving older people in the area the opportunity to mix with young people who are learning important skills.”

Each month diners can enjoy a delicious freshly cooked meal followed by a sociable activity.”

Ann (60) who volunteers to meet and greet the lunch club members said “Come along and join us, socialise, meet new people and enjoy great conversation over a good meal!”

Diners receive a delicious, freshly cooked two-course meal with tea or coffee for £5. The next lunch starts at 12.30pm on Tuesday February 14, 2017 then continuing on the second Tuesday of every month.

For more information and to book your place please contact Come Eat Together on 0191 374 6577 or e-mail cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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Bishop of Durham to pop in for breakfast at our Gentlemen’s Breakfast Club

Older men in Durham enjoy a full english breakfast in good company

Our Gent’s Breakfast in the Café Cenno in Durham Indoor Market just goes from strength to strength. The after breakfast talks are hugely popular, chosen by the members of the group themselves.

We are looking forward to welcoming Paul Butler the Bishop Of Durham at our breakfast next Wednesday. If you live on your own, are aged over 50 and would like some good food and good company, why not come and join this monthly breakfast club?

Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets, said: “We’ve managed to bring in speakers from all walks of life. We’re all really looking forward to hearing the Bishop of Durham in such an intimate and relaxed setting.”

Organised by Durham Markets, Café Cenno and Age UK County Durham the Gentlemen’s Breakfast takes place on the third Wednesday of each month.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, is to be guest speaker at the next monthly Gentlemen’s Breakfast meeting to be held in Durham Market Hall on Wednesday, January 18 from 9.30am and will also answer questions.

Numbers are limited and demand is expected to be high.

Places can be reserved by calling Come Eat Together on 0191 374 6577 or emailing us at cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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We wish you a merry Christmas


Come Eat Together has been getting into the festive spirit celebrating Christmas. From Christmassy quizzes to foodie shopping runs we’ve been ensuring that older people have the best Christmas possible.

christmas-in-south-ba-collOur first Christmas party was held at Bishop Auckland College. Our participants were greeted by cheery students and received a three course Christmas Fayre prepared and served by the catering students. An added treat was a free raffle and a chance to get the first viewing of the Christmas Panto, Sleeping Beauty.

Oakleaf Sports complex, in Newton Aycliffe, hosted a competitive five-round Christmas Quiz followed by a delicious two-course carvery. Whilst on the other side of town Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre also hosted a 2 course carvery followed by Bingo.

ncd-christmas-16Our new lunch clubs at Derwentside College, New College Durham and our new Spennymoor lunch club, taking place at the council offices on Green Lane, all launched with two-course Christmas meals with festive activities. We pulled crackers, told jokes and laughed over the bingo.

At our Gents Breakfast in Durham the Christmas jumpers were all out and there was a lovely jolly atmosphere. Many of our group live alone so this was a great opportunity to mix and enjoy some Christmas camaraderie. At Northumbrian Water there was a special visit by Santa to provide a great start to Christmas!

dv-diners-christmas-16There was also good food and good company at our Christmas lunches at Coundon and Leeholme, Crook, Selby Close, Wheatbottom, Dovedale and Shildon Dine and Dance. Our Derwent Valley Diners came together to dine out. Our activities are a great opportunity for volunteers and homebound older people to make new friends.

As well as lots of Christmas lunches our shopping clubs were out in force ensuring everyone got their Christmas treats. Shildon, Bishop, Wear Valley and Newton Aycliffe shopping clubs took local residents to a variety of supermarkets to stock up. As an added treat and a chance to relax and get to know one another all the shopping clubs came together for a Christmas Party at the Saxon Inn in Escomb.

We would like to thank all the volunteers for their help in making Christmas extra special and for their tireless work throughout the year. If you would like more information about our activities please contact us on 0191 374 6577

Below is a slideshow with a selection of photographs from our festive fun. Merry Christmas everyone.


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Traditional Christmas Lunch and Festive Fun at Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre





Two course traditional Christmas lunch in Newton Aycliffe 
Older people in Newton Aycliffe are being invited to come along to enjoy some festive cheer and a delicious two course traditional Christmas lunch at Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre.

At an affordable price of £5.00 the meal will be freshly prepared and after lunch they’ll be some festive fun with a Christmas Quiz and Bingo.

Come Eat Together is all about good food in good company. This lunch club enables people who live alone or are carers to enjoy dining out with others in pleasant surroundings.

As well as Christmas lunch we will be continuing our monthly lunch club throughout January 2017.

The Christmas lunch will be held at 12.00pm on Monday 12 December 2016 and the lunch will then continue regularly on the third Monday of every month thereafter.

Aycliffe Shoppers will also be running fortnightly on a Friday, throughout the festive period. Your chance to take advantage 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 for only £4.00.

Booking is essential for the lunch and shopping, for more information and to book your place please contact Come Eat Together on 0191 374 6577 or e-mail cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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Our Gentleman’s Breakfast enjoys a 1st birthday celebration (and made a film)

Men of the Gents Breakfast raise a birthday toast and cuppa

Members of our Come Eat Together Gentleman’s Breakfast in Durham Indoor Market have celebrated a successful first year. This is a great example of how successful partnership working is making a difference to people’s lives.

Older men come together at 9.30am on the 3rd Wednesday of every month in the historic Durham Indoor Market for a hearty English breakfast, followed by a guest speaker.

Colin Wilkes, Durham Indoor Market Manager along with our gents has welcomed some fascinating speakers this year including;

  • Chaplin Paul Tyler from HMP Frankland
  • Dr John Silcock – Consultant Endoscopist and Gastroenterologist,
  • Councillor Bill Moir – Deputy Mayor of Durham
  • Mike Amos – Chairman of the Northern Football League
  • Blue Watch of the Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

Speakers have also included members of the group itself and the members are looking forward to the program of guest speakers arranged for the coming year.

Here is what our gents had to say.

I really look forward to meeting up with this great bunch of men and enjoying great breakfast”

“We have had some brilliant and very interesting speakers; some have even come from our own group……a lot of us have our own story to tell.”

“I enjoy meeting interesting old rascals; I enjoy someone cooking my breakfast; the organisers are wonderful; keep it going please!”

“Apart from the full English being my monthly breakfast treat, it’s always a pleasure to share the morning with others and having a chat together and listening to a guest speaker.”

To celebrate the group success we made a short film about the group. You can see it here.

The next Gentlemen’s Breakfast will be held on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 9.30am

If you would like to join this ever popular group, please contact us on 0191 374 6577


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Learning made appetising in Kimblesworth!

HEOP KimblesworthSue and vegThe new Monday Club at Kimblesworth and Nettlesworth Community Centre has welcomed Come Eat Together for its first five weeks to deliver the fun and interactive Healthy Eating for Older People course!

Starchy carbs tasteThe ladies and gents who attend the club every Monday at the community centre from 1.30 until 3.30 are being treated to new information and some tasty treats as part of the five week course. The course explores healthy eating from an older person’s perspective, including the changing nutritional needs as we have as we get older and combines simple food demonstrations and tastings.

HEOP KimblesworthSueThe group are really enjoying the course as you can see from our photos – with Steph our Development Worker (right) and Sue our excellent volunteer on hand (left), delivering the lively session!



If you think you would like to have a Healthy Eating Course for Older People in your community please get in touch with us for more information. 

This course is supported by the Chester le Street Area Action Partnership.

Tel: 0191 3657744

Email: cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk

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Happy 90th Birthday Ma’am


We’ve had the bunting out throughout May and June across the county to Celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Our Come Eat Together members loved joining in the festivities and came along to coffee mornings, afternoon teas and royal themed lunches.

All our lunch clubs joined in the birthday celebrations. Rooms were decorated with bunting and flags and everyone enjoyed the party atmosphere.

Baring Court held a coffee morning on the Queens official birthday, celebrating in style with a party buffet, raffle and a hugely enjoyable game of musical bingo. Our shopping club members and volunteers came together at Consett and Bishop Auckland Fire stations to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, with plenty of cakes and scones.

A very special Royal Quiz

We also took our Royal Quiz out to many activities to test people’s knowledge on all things ‘Royal’. Did you know that Susan, the Queen’s Corgi remained hidden at the Queen’s feet as she and Philip were driven from Buckingham Palace in an open carriage after their wedding? Or that the Queen owns all the sturgeons, porpoises and whales in the waters around the UK under a statute from 1324 that is still in effect?

There’s been food fit for a Queen, lots of fun and laughter and even a few interesting and unusual facts learnt.

Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II, from all at Age UK County Durham and the Come Eat Together Project!

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For more information about Come Eat Together and how you can be involved, please contact us on 0191 374 6577 or email us at cet@ageukcountydurham.org.uk 

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