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The First Great Get Together Luncheon

The First Great Get Together Luncheon

Sunday 24th June saw the Rotary Club of Skipton Craven and Tesco Skipton join forces in sponsoring a Great Get Together luncheon at Skipton Town Hall, for 75 Craven residents who, for a variety of reasons, may not get many opportunities to meet others and enjoy events, and would welcome being part of a community get together.

The lunch was one of many such events taking place around the UK over the weekend of 22 to 24 June, as part of The Great Get Together weekend, an initiative founded in 2017 by the family and friends of the late Jo Cox by the More in Common partnership with more than 100 organisations, whose aim is to build more united, inclusive and resilient societies in which all have a stronger sense of belonging; and where support for vibrant civic and democratic institutions is strong and stable.

The Skipton event was supported by Age UK North Craven and Carers’ Resource Skipton, and assisted by students from Craven College, and the ladies from Slimming World Skipton.

Each luncheon table was hosted by a Rotary member or their partner and all enjoyed fellowship together, during a 3-course meal along with drinks and refreshments.

Entertainment included songs by vocalist Jamie Squire and 9-year-old rising superstar Jasper Anakin who wowed the audience with his rhythmic playing and great voice.  The afternoon was rounded off by a couple of games of bingo with cash prizes and a Memories of Craven Quiz followed by a raffle of prizes donated by some local businesses and Rotarians.

The event ended with a joint vote of thanks by Carers’ Resource representative Sally Skipper and Age UK North Craven Chief Officer Sue Bradley.

Many guests commented how much they enjoyed the event and hailed it a great success, so much so that the intention is to run a similar occasion in December.

David Squire, the Chairman of the Community Service Committee of the Rotary Club of Skipton Craven, and event organiser said:

Community Service is at the heart of what we do in Rotary, so how better to demonstrate this than by inviting some of the residents of Craven, who may not get many opportunities to meet other people, to a pleasant lunch, with entertainment, on this Great Get Together weekend.

I am grateful to Tesco Skipton for agreeing to jointly sponsor this lunch, and particularly to Dean Majors their Community Champion, for preparing the meal with his team of helpers; for the support of Age UK North Craven and Carers’ Resource Skipton for assisting in inviting our guests to the lunch; and to the students of Craven College and the ladies of Slimming World for their tireless efforts in serving the food and drinks.

I hope that this event will be a pre-cursor to a Grand Christmas Lunch in December.”