Club bids for slice of tasty cashpot

NDET 30-11-12 TW 7 Tuesday lunch club copy pic.
NDET 30-11-12 TW 7 Tuesday lunch club copy pic.

A lunch club which provides healthy meals for vulnerable people is in the running for a top cash prize.

The Derbyshire Times launched its Healthy Places Awards in October in a bid to reward community groups which boost the quality of life for people across NE Derbyshire.

Healthy Places Award Logo

Healthy Places Award Logo

This week the St Albans Tuesday Lunch Club, of Holmewood, is in the spotlight and volunteers hope their pleas for cash will be successful to help them expand their valuable project.

The club is staffed by volunteers and provides healthy, freshly-cooked meals for people who may feel isolated or vulnerable.

Diners can enjoy lunch for just £2.50 plus a chance to meet with others.

Although aimed mainly at older people the club, which has been running for around 12 years, is open to families and visitors.

The autumn/winter menu includes a range of tasty dishes each week from breaded chicken, mash and vegetables with fruit, jelly and cream, sausage, mash and vegetables with fruit cake and custard, fish, chips, peas and parsley sauce with fruit flan and cream and pork casserole, boiled potatoes, vegetables with treacle tart and custard.

If the bid is successful the club hopes to increase the number of diners and volunteers, purchase new containers, heated storage equipment and a machine to make coffee. They also hope to look at developing activities such as outings or talks.

Now in its third year, the grass roots campaign - run by the Derbyshire Times and NHS Derbyshire County - is calling for communities to get interactive and send us photographs of their groups in action.

The Tuesday Lunch Club has sent us a range of pictures showing volunteers hard at work.

To enter and be in with a chance of getting a cash prize ranging from £500 to £2,000 call in to Derbyshire Times office in Station Road to pick up an application form.