Group wants to branch out

Photo Neil Cross'Christine Snape of Whitechapel Over 60's Club
Photo Neil Cross'Christine Snape of Whitechapel Over 60's Club

THE new chairman of a group for over 55s is trying to put the sparkle back into the organisation first set up by her grandparents more than 30 years ago.

Christine Snape is determined Whitechapel Senior Citizens, which was started by her late grandparents Cecil and Martha Coulthurst in the l970s, will continue.

Membership – which once boasted 60 plus – has dropped dramatically in recent years.

But Christine is hoping a bit of publicity, a few fresh ideas and possible a change of name to something like Whitechapel Over 55s will lead to an increase in membership.

Christine feels the current name perhaps puts people off joining the group, and would like to encourage more people in their 50s to join.

She says: “I am like the baby, and I don’t think people realise they can come along at 55.

“That’s why I am thinking we do really need to change the name.

“People hear ‘senior citizens’ and think, ‘that is not me.’ I am trying to revitalise the group and attract more members, particularly younger members.

“We have about 20 members, but no new ones coming in. My grandparents started it when they were 60 and I am now 60.

“We have a fascinating programme of speakers, and after each talk we have a few games of cards or dominoes and a raffle, together with a short business meeting.

“We also have a full day trip and this year we are going to Fleetwood Freeport, followed by a meal and entertainment.

“There is also a half day trip to Bolton Market on May 31, the day the Olympic torch goes through, and we have a Christmas meal booked at the Derby Arms.

“Subscription is just £10, and a lot of things are subsidised, so you probably get the £10 back.”

The group meets in Whitechapel Village Hall on the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm, and the next meeting is on Tuesday, May 15, when the speaker is Tim Hull, who will be talking about dancing.

For more details, ring Christine, who lives in Clitheroe, on 01200 422361, or 07896 877690.