Lunch clubs are great way for the elderly to enjoy later life in Berkshire. Not only do they provide a space to meet old and new friends but they ensure provision of a hot and healthy meal. Many elderly people enjoy attending a local lunch club so much that it becomes an important part of their routine.
There are other ways for the elderly to get out and about and socialise in the county. You may also be interested in day care centres in Berkshire and local befriending services in Berkshire. In terms of making sure your elderly relative is eating well, you may want to take a look at our guide to meal delivery services in Berkshire.
This article will look at lunch clubs in each council area. Contact details are provided so that you can arrange your elderly relative to attend the next lunch!
Bracknell Forest Lunch Clubs
Easthampstead Baptist Church Lunch Club
A two course lunch is followed by an hour of fun activities which change each month. Expect music, gentle exercise, games and a short talk. The lunch club is extremely welcoming, a great space to meet others and enjoy a sociable environment.
There is a suggested donation of £3.50 to cover lunch but all our welcome, regardless if they can make this contribution. Booking is mandatory; please get in touch using contact details below.
Where? Easthampstead Baptist Church Hall, South Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 7NS
When? Fourth Thursday of the month, 1pm – 3pm
Telephone: 01344 487744
Great Hollands Free Church Lunch Club
The friendly lunch club organised by Great Hollands free church provides a space for older people in the community to meet and chat. A hot lunch from a restaurant menu is followed by tea or coffee. There is a cost of £5.
Where? Silver Birch, Liscombe, Bracknell RG12 7DE
When? Fourth Thursday of the month, 12.30pm
Telephone: 01344 286359
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Reading Lunch Clubs
Luncheon at the Globe
The Globe is a welcoming group for older people in Reading with a special focus on the African and Carribean community. Lunch is always freshly cooked using traditional recipes, tailored to the health needs of the elderly. The group provides activities after lunch including seated exercise, games, story telling and book reviews.
There is no cost to attend but visitors can make a suggested donation if they like.
Where? The Globe, 12 Portman Road, Reading, RG30 1EA
When? Tuesdays, 10am – 3pm
Telephone: 0118 950 8534
Milestone Centre Lunch Club
The lunch club at the Milestone centre is set up for the older generation. Lunch is home cooked and healthy. The group is welcoming and sociable, new people are always made to feel welcome.
Attendance at the Milestone Centre costs £3.50. Please call in advance to book a place.
Where? The Milestone Centre, Caversham Park Village Association, Northbrook Road, Caversham, RG4 6PF
When? Third Tuesday of the month, 12noon – 2pm
Telephone: 0118 947 2589
Slough Lunch Clubs
All Saints Church Lunch Club
The Windsor lunch club for the elderly at All Saints Church provides a delicious home cooked two course lunch. This is followed by coffee and biscuits and the chance to talk to old friends and meet new ones. Carers are welcome to attend too. There is a cost of £4.50 for lunch. Please get in touch with Fiona Try using details below for more information.
Where? All Saints Church Hall, Francis Road, Windsor, SL4 1HU
When? Fridays, 12.30pm for 1pm start
Telephone: 01753 861478
Wexham Lunch Club
A welcoming place for local people to meet and enjoy a tasty lunch and take part in optional activities. Free coffee, tea and biscuits are provided in the morning before lunch for free. Activities on offer include board games, bingo and gentle exercise classes.
Wexham’s two course lunch costs £6. Staff and volunteers are friendly and on hand to help visitors get the most out of their visit.
Where? Wexham Court Parish Hall, Norway Drive, Slough SL2 5QP
When? Monday to Wednesday, 10am – 2pm
Telephone: 01753 822890
West Berkshire Lunch Clubs
Fairclose Centre Lunch, Newbury
Lunch is home cooked and renowned by regulars for being delicious. Take look at what you can expect by viewing the Fairclose Centre’s sample menu. There is a cost of £4.50 for members of £5 for non-members.
Attending Fairclose for lunch means access to other services available at the centre. These include hairdressing, foot health and welfare.
Where? Fairclose Centre, Newtown Road, Newbury, RG14 7BH
When? Mondays, 12noon; Tuesdays to Fridays, 11.45pm & 12.40pm
Telephone: 01635 40488
Friendship Lunch, Stanford Dignley
The Old Boot Inn friendship lunch is aimed at the over 60s in the community who may feel lonely or isolated. A delicious two or three course lunch is provided for £9 or £12 respectively. Post lunch entertainment is provided by a local guitar player and singer.
Special dietary requirements can be catered for and the venue is wheelchair accessible. Please book in advance by contacting Rebecca James using the details below.
Where? The Old Boot Inn, Stanford Dingley, Reading, RG7 6LT
When? Second Thursday of the month, 12noon – 2.30pm
Telephone: 01189 745191
Windsor and Maidenhead Lunch Clubs
Cox Green Lunch Club, Maidenhead
The lunch club at Cox Green is designed to offer local older people a welcoming place to meet. An optional tasty two course lunch is followed by activities such as cards and scrabble.
Lunch costs £6. However, there is no obligation to have lunch and the elderly are welcome to just drop in for tea, a biscuit and card game.
Where? Cox Green Community Centre, Highfield Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 3AX
When? Thursdays, 12noon – 2.30pm
Telephone: 01628 630703
St Marks Lunch Club, Maidenhead
Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East run St Marks lunch club. The club offers a friendly and welcoming environment for local people to socialise and participate in activities together. An optional two course lunch is provided at a charge of £6 per person. Furthermore, there are morning activities of board games, cards and arts & crafts. In the afternoon, a raffle, quiz or music takes place.
Where? St Marks Methodist Church, Allenby Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5BQ
When? Thursdays, 10am – 2.30pm
Telephone: 01753 822890
Wokingham Lunch Clubs
A group of retired people meet up twice a month for coffee and a talk from a speaker or just general conversation. A few times throughout the year the Thursday@10 group go for a pub lunch. Please contact Rosemary Germany from the church office using contact details below for more information.
Where? Earley St Peter’s Church, Church Road, Earley, RG6 1EY
When? Second and fourth Thursdays of the month, 10am
Telephone: 0118 9668575
The Welcome Lunch Club, Shinfield
As suggested by the name, the Welcome Lunch Club invite all elderly members from the community in an inclusive atmosphere. A two course lunch is provided and a laugh and chat is guaranteed. There is a cost of £2.
Where? Shinfield Parish Hall School Green, Shinfield, RG2 9EH
When? First Wednesday of the month, 12.45pm – 2.45pm
Telephone: 0118 988 8220