Come Eat Together activities

Always a warm welcome at Come Eat Together activitiesWhat’s On Activity Sheet  November 2016

Come Eat Together project leaflet

Referral form for the project

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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

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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


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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 

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“It’s all about tasty food in good company” – Healthy Eating for Older People isn’t boring!

Kirsty training HEOPKirsty joined the Come Eat Together team last year and, after shadowing experienced workers is celebrating successful delivery of her first solo delivery of our fun and interactive course. Here is her blog!

“I have just finished delivering my first ‘Healthy Eating for Older People’ course with a lovely group of ladies and gents at St Andrews Church Hall, Brandon. They were a fantastic group, and I had a great time delivering the sessions over 5 weeks with them.”

“Our course is different from other courses because it explores healthy eating purely from an older person’s perspective. Although it is a course, it is really 4 or 5 sessions  learning about, talking about and tasting food!  I loved hearing the views and stories that members of the group shared. One member works in a local supermarket and she told us she’s now looking at food in a new light!”

Our Healthy Eating for Older People course includes the following:

  • What makes a balanced, tasty and interesting diet so you can eat well and feel great!
  • Our changing nutritional needs as we get older and how we can ‘tweak’ our diets to meet individual needs
  • Practical tips and suggestions for those who are struggling to eat enough, or need to lose some weight
  • What is a ‘Portion size’ for different types of food
  • Safe food storage and preparation
  • Simple demonstrations and food tastings
  • Sources of useful information about food and diet appropriate to older people.

We do all this while having fun, tasting lots of different delicious foods, and putting a healthier spin on some favourite recipes.

“I really enjoyed tasting new foods that I may not have bought myself because I didn’t want to waste money buying food that I wasn’t sure I liked”

“I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the course. We learned some really useful information, but had lots of laughs and fun while doing so”

“I learned lots of hints, tips and useful information, not only about my diet but about safe food storage and preparation”

“I cook for a local lunch club, and I used the dessert recipe you demonstrated for us……and it went down a treat!”

Below is a short film about our course.

If you think you would like to join us on our next Healthy Eating Course for Older People or for us to hold a course in your community, please get in touch with us!

Tel: 0191 374 6577


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Lunch at Locomotion

The members of Come Eat Together at Locomotion MuseumThe last Monday of every month sees the Locomotion Museum at Shildon host a two course lunch provided by Cafe Number One. Set amongst the steam trains, this lunch has been running since September 2012 and has proved popular within the local community.

After lunch there is an exciting range of activities on offer from guided tours, historical talks and craft activities. Here’s what some of the participants had to say,

“I enjoy coming and meeting people, and learning new things. It is great, plus no washing up when we come for meals”.

“I enjoy coming to the lunch club. I like meeting up with others to share lunch. I spent a lot of time alone without company”.

The next lunch will be held on Monday 23 May and anyone aged 50+ is welcome to come along and enjoy a two course lunch with tea or coffee for the affordable price of £4.95.

We are also looking for volunteers to be a friendly and welcoming face at the lunch. Could you give some of your time to help older people enjoy their time with others? For more information about volunteering or to book your place please contact the Come Eat Together Team on 0191 374 6577.

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Derwent Valley Diners – Bringing a smile into the home!

Derwetn Valley Diners volunteer collecting a meal for an older personDerwent Valley Diners provides older people in the Derwent Valley AAP area with good food and company on a weekly basis. Meals are bought from local food providers and delivered to people aged over 60 who appreciate a weekly visit from a friendly volunteer who delivers a tasty meal to them at home.

For a number of reasons older people can find it difficult to prepare and cook a meal for themselves and many also experience social isolation and loneliness. For many older people in County Durham their TV is their main source of company.

The older people who currently take part in the project value the chance to eat something different that is made for them, with a little bit of company provided by the friendly face of their volunteer. One of our older ladies describes the young man who visits her each week with her meal as an ‘Angel’ and others are equally full of praise.

We also want to hear from people aged over 18 who would like to volunteer to brighten up the life of an older person who is experiencing loneliness. Volunteers receive full training and support.

Those currently helping are thrilled to know they are making a difference. Margaret one of the volunteers for the project said “I decided to volunteer for Derwent Valley Diners because I had personally experienced loneliness in the past so I knew how it felt.”

While another one of our volunteers told us “Volunteering helps to lighten my day and someone else’s at the same time – I can’t imagine not going to see my lady”.

Another volunteer, Diane said “It is a pleasure visiting someone and knowing you are making their day a little easier – and it can easily fit into my schedule”.

Being part of the Derwent Valley Diner’s project couldn’t be easier. To receive this service or enquire about helping as a volunteer just ring our friendly team at Age UK County Durham on 0191 374 6577 or e-mail

Click here to download the leaflet for the project

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Indoor bowls, archery and guided walks in Newton Aycliffe

Oakleaf fish and chipsThe Come Eat Together team in partnership with Oakleaf Sports Complex invite anyone over 50 to come along to their monthly Meet, Play, Eat. This is an exciting opportunity to meet new people, enjoy some activity in a group (or try something new) followed by a good lunch chosen from a menu and freshly cooked for the group.

Taking place on the first Friday of each month, there is a wide range of new and interesting activities to try out, including Arrows (archery), traditional bar games and table tennis.

Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months.

Friday 6 May             Have a go at Indoor Bowls
Friday 3 June            See if you can hit the target at Archery
Friday 1 July             Get some fresh air on a Guided Walk

Meet at the Oakleaf Sports Complex reception at 11.00am. Each session is £5 and includes a freshly cooked bar meal.

The activities are suitable for people of all abilities and are led by qualified and experienced instructors.

For more information and to book your place please contact Come Eat Together on
0191 374 6577 or e-mail

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New Come Eat Together short films are on their way!

Ken Snowden films older ladies at a Come Eat Together dining circleWe’ve had great fun making some new promotional films over the last few weeks.   Come Eat Together members have been absolute stars. Coming soon will be films about our:

  • Dining circles
  • Lunch clubs in pubs
  • Gentleman’s Breakfast

We will let you know when they have been posted on our website, so watch your inbox, don’t miss the notification!

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Spring is here and we are keen to get growing!

David the volunteer helps an older lady pot up some seedlingsAt this time each year the Come Eat Together team gets ready to spring into action (please excuse the pun – Ed) and this year is no different! We are passionate about helping older people gain the confidence and skills to grow their own food to eat. And wherever we go there is always a warm welcome to match our enthusiasm.

We were delighted with the warm reception when we went to a packed Waterhouses Village Hall in rural Mid-Durham last week.  David, our volunteer gave a talk with examples to encourage people to ‘grow their own’ fruit and vegetables and we took some seedlings, compost and pots to help people get started. There was lots of chat and exchanging of ideas and a lovely sociable atmosphere.

David, the Volunteer leading the session told us “I was thrilled with the turn out! There were lots of older people who came along and enjoyed a great morning learning how to grow their own fruit and vegetables. I helped everyone pot up strawberry, tomato, and red pepper plants. Everyone left smiling and so pleased with their new plants. That makes me feel good too!”

Kirsty from the Come Eat Together team said “We had a lovely time and look forward to hearing about their growing success !” To find out more or to request a growing session in your community, please contact the team on 0191 374 6577.

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