Over 60s group celebrates very special birthday with big lunch

Members of Broughton Over 60s club gathered at Pytchley Lodge Golf Club to celebrate the group's 60th anniversary. The group was established in January 1955.
Members of Broughton Over 60s club gathered at Pytchley Lodge Golf Club to celebrate the group's 60th anniversary. The group was established in January 1955.
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Members of a club for older people in Broughton which formed in 1955 met to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The Broughton Over 60s Welfare Club was created in January 1955 and held its very first meeting at the village working men’s club.

The previous month had seen a public meeting to discuss the formation of a club which would provide social activities for older residents.

Current members of the group held a celebratory meeting at Pytchley Lodge Golf Club to mark the milestone.

Members of the group have written a potted history of the club, which says: “During the early 1950s numerous old people’s clubs were being set up across the country.

“These were being formed to provide social activities for old people who had lived through two world wars, the depression of the early 1930s and a long period of food rationing which was slowly coming to an end. In December 1954 a public meeting was arranged in Broughton to consider forming a club for pensioners residing there.

“The meeting was held at the working men’s club and chaired by A.G. Hilliard and members of the Desborough over 60s Club were in attendance to talk about their club.

“The chairman put to the meeting the proposition that the Old People’s Welfare Club should be formed to serve the parish. The motion received unanimous approval and was decided the club should be known as ‘Broughton Over 60s Welfare Club’, open to anyone aged over the age of 60 and resident in the parish.

“A committee of seven ladies and two gentlemen was elected to hold office until the end of April 1956. The first meeting was held on Tuesday, January 10, 1955 at the working men’s club.

In the early days the club was run as a social afternoon with visiting speakers. It has developed over the years and now meets in the new Working Men’s Club on a weekly basis. Members play bingo and share tea and biscuits and conversation.

“There are four outings a year, to garden centres, shopping centres, a trip to the seaside and a Christmas meal.

“It meets on Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm. Membership £4 a year and subs are £1.25 weekly.”

Each member was given a token gift at the celebratory lunch, scarves for the ladies and pens for the men.

A cake made by one of its members was cut and a toast made, with popular music from the 1950s played throughout the afternoon.