More volunteers needed for Wednesday Club

CLUB MATES: James, Carol-Anne, Graham and Kelsey showed some serious Christmas cheer when they tucked into their festive tea last month.
CLUB MATES: James, Carol-Anne, Graham and Kelsey showed some serious Christmas cheer when they tucked into their festive tea last month.

NOT MANY clubs and community groups can boast of a turn out of up to 40 even in heavy rain and gales. But for the Wednesday Club of Girvan that is regularly the case.

With between 20 and 40 people arriving at the Queens Hotel on Montgomerie Street each week to take part in activities including bingo, discos, karaoke, and quiz games such as Play Your Cards Right, the social group is perhaps the best attended weekly get-together in Girvan.

The social club for adults with disabilities and learning difficulties was established in 2003 after the closure of residential facility Seabank. And celebrating its tenth birthday next year, it is still going strong.

“A lot of people lived together before they went out into the community, and it’s a way of socialising and keeping up their friendship,” organiser Jean Houston explained.

“Nothing really puts them off; not the weather or anything! There are days when we walk along and think there won’t be anyone there but they all turn up.”

Last week the group celebrated the Christmas season with a festive party, and fun-filled atmosphere typical of their weekly meetings was topped-up with Christmas cheer.

But the club is run by just three individuals and in need of some new blood and new ideas.

Homelife Girvan and Ayr manager Jean runs the Wednesday Club on a voluntary basis with husband Tam and JJ McVittie.

But the trio are looking for inspiration from talented community members - as well as anyone capable of lending a hand.

“We are always looking for singers and people who play an instrument because everybody loves music. Anybody that has got a particular skill and feels like they could share it would be absolutely brilliant,” she said.

“The people who come to Wednesday Club get so much out of it. A lot of people who come had never been to a bar and ordered themselves a drink before and they all do that now.

“But we are always looking for more ideas that we could do as a change to our normal run of the mill things, and anybody that has got a spare hour and a half would be made very welcome.”

Anyone who feels they may be able to offer their help or talent to the Wednesday Club should contact Jean on 01465 712609, or email housthom@aol.com.

The Wednesday Club would like to extend their thanks to Queens Hotel owner Faye Wilkie for her continued support.