Potters Bar social club celebrates milestone anniversary

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 August 2018

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A social club has celebrated its 70th anniversary with a party.

Volunteers at the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOOVolunteers at the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Sixty Plus (Potters Bar and South Mimms) Club first started in February 1948 under the name Potters Bar Old Folks Welcome Club.

It began as “a club for the over 60s to provide entertainment and social discourse for the lonely” and was set up by Councillor Mrs Gregory, chairman of the Potters Bar Urban District Council, and Mrs Stockdale.

The club held its meetings twice a week at the TOC Hall in Darkes Lane and had about 80 members.

The name changed to Sixty Plus (Potters Bar and South Mimms) in September 1989 and in December 1990 the club moved to its current location at the Wyllyotts Centre, Wyllyotts Place.

(left) Mayor of Hertsmere Brenda Batten and her consort ((right) John Batten with the Sixty Plus chairman Martin Swift and assistant administrator Carol Stewart at the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO(left) Mayor of Hertsmere Brenda Batten and her consort ((right) John Batten with the Sixty Plus chairman Martin Swift and assistant administrator Carol Stewart at the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

A club spokesman said: “We are a friendly lunch club for the over 60s and we provide a two course nutritious home cooked meal at competitive prices.

“New diners are always welcome, individuals can refer themselves, come with their friends or can be referred by a family member or a health or social care professional.

“We provide escorted mini bus transport to and from the centre for those individuals who require this assistance and who live in Potters Bar and South Mimms area.

“Sixty Plus has bingo every Tuesday morning which is always popular with our diners.”

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOOService users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

The club also organises several trips out during the year, for example to the seaside and to local tea rooms.

Speakers are invited to come and give talks such as the fire service or speakers giving advice on finances and how to stay safe.

Club volunteers also help members with form filling or making appointments if needed.

The club is open every week day from 10am - 1pm and cooks for approximately 30 people a day.

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOOService users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

The spokesman added: “Sixty Plus is a great place to socialise with others, make new friends or to have a break for a few hours if you are caring for a family member.

“The Sixty Plus Lunch Club is predominately run by volunteers who give up their time to assist with our transport, either as a driver or escort on our mini buses along with kitchen volunteers who assist our cook.

“We would not be able to survive without their kindness, commitment and their time given.

“As a charity, Sixty Plus is most grateful for the financial grants from both Hertfordshire County Council and Hertsmere Borough Council and for the continued support from both councils.”

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOOService users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOOService users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOOService users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOOService users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOOService users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Sixty Plus 70th anniversary cake. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Sixty Plus 70th anniversary cake. Picture: DANNY LOO

Service users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOOService users enjoy the celebrations of the Sixty Plus 70th anniversary. Picture: DANNY LOO

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