An over-60s lunch club launched by Cllr Charlie Clark at Pebsham social club in Seabourne Road was an instant community success which looks set to become a regular event.
Cllr Clark got together with club landlords Dave Wolf and Tamara Bellars to organise the lunch, and said: “This will be great for residents to meet up with friends, and get out of the house.
Dave and Tamara are very supportive of the idea and are providing a very competitively priced home cooked meal.
“I am very excited about this venture and hope to do it each month. It will also give my residents something to look forward to.”
However Tamara says reaction from residents was so enthusiastic they hope to do the lunch every fortnight.
She added: “When we took the club over it was rather run down and not used by the Pebsham community. The club was taken over in August after being closed and rather rundown, the community centre hardly used even though it is a charity.
It makes such common sense and fairness to use products where the farmers and workers are treated with human decencyCllr Charlie Clark
“We are looking to promote both sides and get this place working for the community, again offering things for the elderly and young alike with a new committee.
“We decided to give it a new look and in January we created a restaurant area in which we serve Sunday lunch and a steak night. Food seems to be really popular and we will be hoping to extend our services to Friday and Saturday nights.
“We have increased our members to over 300 but considering Pebsham has a high number of over 60s they are sadly sparse.”
Bexhill Fairtrade committee also attended and chairman Jack Doherty praised Pebsham for promoting the use and sale of ethically produced proudcs such as tea and coffee, with a Fairtrade Pledge Certificate presented to Pebsham social club.
Cllr Clark said: “It makes such common sense and fairness to use products where the farmers and workers are treated with human decency giving us plenty of goodies we enjoy every day. I fully support the fairtrade initiative and wish all businesses would use them.” The Fairtrade committee would like to know which other clubs use similar products and therefore also deserve a certificate.