The Good Companions

In 1963 the Rev. Dillwyn Davies suggested that a social club should be formed for all senior members of the parishes of Winthorpe, Holme and Langford, who would take an active interest in the welfare of elderly people in the area. This idea was enthusiastically taken up, and Mrs. M.E. Sheldon became the first chairman, and the Rector President.

At first, meetings took place monthly in the Village Hall, and after a time took the form of talks, film-shows, demonstrations, social meetings with bingo and tea, interspersed in the summer months with outings to places of interest like Stapleford Park. The subscription was at first kept low and funds have been occasionally boosted by Bring and Buy Sales or Jumble Sales, to finance expeditions and special treats. Membership has steadily increased in spite of gradual increase in the subscription, and by popular demand meetings take place twice a month, although the second meeting usually only takes the form of a chat and a cup of tea.

A number of Vice-Presidents have been elected from among the friends of the club, and the good work of earlier stalwarts like the late Miss O. Rippingale, Mr. D. Creighton and Mr. P. Wetherill has been ably carried on by other loyal workers like Mrs. Wetherill, Mrs. Howell, Mrs. Roach, Mrs. Creighton, Mrs. Marson, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Howson, Mr. Simmons and many more. Mrs. Sheldon remains Chairman and the club continues to flourish and serve a most useful purpose in the community.

B. Brooks,   Hon. Sec. 1971.



The Good Companions ceased in the early 1970's and was replaced in The Tuesday Club in 1978.