We delighted to announce we are open and are serving lunches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Alternate Wednesdays we show a movie with an afternoon tea.
A transport service is now available for a small fee
Dates for 2023/2024
We will close on Wednesday 20th December after our Christmas Movie and re-open on Thursday 4th January 2024.
Easter 2024 we will close on Thursday 28th March after lunch and re-open on Tuesday 9th April 2024.
We are now staying open during the month of August and will close on Wednesday 18 December 2024 after our Christmas Movie.
Current charges for 2023/24
Membership Fee (September 2023 to August 2024) – £15.00
Lunch per day – £6.00
A box is circulated each day called ‘The Blue Box’ for anyone to donate ‘loose change’ – the proceeds of which go into the Members’ Fund which pays for a birthday card for each member and ‘get well’ cards when necessary. This Fund is also used to subsidise Club events for members. Prior to lockdown transport was organised for those unable to attend the Club by other means at a nominal cost. The Trustees are looking into the practicalities of re-instating this service post lockdown.
Numbers are restricted to a maximum of 55 members each day for lunch. This restriction is due to the size of the premises. Lunches are booked on a first come availability system and members are asked to attend at least once per week.
FORMBY LUNCHEON CLUB is a thriving member’s club for over 60’s and from 1996 has been operated by a Committee of the Trustees of the Charity ‘Formby Council for Voluntary Service Ltd’ (Formby CVS – Tel: 877311).
The Luncheon Club started operating in 1965 twice a week in Jubilee Hall, Holy Trinity Church. It was deemed a success and a Committee was formed after 2 months. The Committee then decided to look for a building of its own. The Council (Formby UDC) was persuaded to purchase the house and land at the corner of Rosemary Lane and Brows Lane.
Formby Council for Social Welfare took a ground lease of land from Formby UDC and with the co-operation and generosity of local builders, the people of Formby, plus an interest free loan from Formby UDC together with fundraising by Committee members, money was raised to begin the construction of the current Luncheon Club building. This was completed and occupied in 1968.
The land is leased and a condition of the lease is that the land is to be used for ‘AN ELDERLY PERSON’S LUNCHEON CLUB’.
The Club provides a lunch consisting of a main course followed by a dessert or cheese & biscuits and coffee or tea on Tuesday and Thursday and is served at 12.15pm.
It’s open all year round for except for 2 weeks at Christmas and 2 weeks at Easter. The Committee are hoping to re-open on Tuesdays and Thursdays to begin with then on Wednesdays as well to provide afternoon teas with a movie.
Annually, a Christmas Lunch and a Christmas Party are organised. Fundraising activities include 4 Breakfast Breaks per year which include stalls (on Saturday mornings) and are also open to the public.
There is a very cheerful atmosphere at the Club and members come as much for the company as for the food. Everyone is checked in at the door to confirm the booking records and for fire regulations. This ensures that anyone who has booked a lunch but fails to arrive is checked up on in case of security or health problems. In this case it is important that members telephone the Club prior to lunch to report any likelihood of their non-attendance.
Members are requested to declare their emergency contact details so that they can be contacted should there ever be a problem. All details are kept confidential. Team Leaders in the kitchen undertake a food hygiene course which is periodically reviewed and, additionally, two first aid trained personnel are in attendance daily
The Club is also monitored annually by Sefton Council for compliance with their hygiene, safety and management standards. It currently has achieved LEVEL 5 – the Food Standard Agency’s highest level. The Committee is committed to the maintenance of this standard.
Food is prepared by teams of volunteers and the menu currently includes such mouth-watering offerings as salmon, roast beef, roast chicken each usually served with potatoes and two types of vegetables and gravy.
Various sweets are offered including fruit crumbles, sherry trifle, sponge puddings fruit and ice-cream. A cheese & biscuits alternative is always available. Water is provided on each table and a voucher system is operated for other types of drinks. Nearly all the food is cooked on the premises.
Normally people can sit where they wish but over time most people find they sit with people with whom they have become friendly. New members should respect this situation as, in time, they themselves are likely to establish a similar routine. It is also important that established members show some consideration, in this respect, to new members who may feel uneasy and vulnerable in a new environment.
The Club is run by a management committee which includes officers, and the Trustees of the Charity. The officers consist of a Chairperson and the Treasurer of the Charity.
Members pay a membership fee, plus a fee for each lunch and must pre-book and pre-pay to limit food wastage.