Stanley Lunch Club is organised by Stanley Development Trust’s Care and Wellbeing Project volunteers.

Forthcoming lunch club dates for autumn/winter 2018

Wed 31 October

Wed 28 November

Wed 12 December 

Held at the Tayside Hotel, the lunch club is aimed at older people, particularly those living on their own or with the support of carers, in Stanley and surrounding rural area.

If you or someone you know would be interested in coming to the lunch club please contact Laura for more information on 07712219261 or by email

Read the review of the Lunch Club: Stanley Lunch Club Report Dec. 2016

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Summer 2018 – the lunch clubs during the summer months were well attended and we welcomed some new people too. The lunch clubs are run by the wonderful volunteer team  ably lead by Linda and Rhona. Huge thanks to all of the volunteers for organising the lunch clubs, transporting people to and from the hotel and for ensuring that everyone who wishes to attend can get there.  You are all doing a great job!

May 2018 – 43 of us sat down to enjoy another lively and very sociable lunch. There was much chatting and laughter to be heard. The macaroni cheese followed by chocolate pudding and ice cream went down a treat. Thanks to the Tayside Hotel for another delicious lunch. We were delighted to welcome another new participant who caught up with old acquaintances he’d not seen for some time.

March and April 2018 – the prolonged cold, windy weather in early spring didn’t deter lunch clubbers from coming to the Tayside Hotel where they enjoyed the warmth of chatting to friends old  and new. The hotel served up their tasty fayre – chicken and ham pie in March and mince and dough balls in  April.

February 2018 – the lunch club is proving as popular as ever. In the past few months we have been delighted to welcome 5 new people to the group. Thankfully the February lunch was held the week before the  heavy snowfall which ground much of the area to a halt. So everyone was able come along and enjoy the company and the homemade fish cakes and chips followed by semolina and fruit compote.

January 2018 – the first lunch club of the new year marked our national bard Rabbie Burns’ birthday. And guess what was on the menu? Haggis, neeps and tatties, of course, followed by clootie dumpling and custard. Just the fayre for a very stormy January day. The bad weather didn’t deter the lunch clubbers who turned out as usual.

December 2017 – our Christmas lunch was a sparkling affair with seasonal music from George Jolly and a great turnout of lunch clubbers. Thanks George for entertaining us so well again.  

Local film maker, Gerry Burke, very kindly gave us a copy of his delightful video of the 2017 Stanley Christmas lights switch-on. Many of the lunch clubbers were unable to attend the switch-on and so they were thrilled to able to see the video on a big screen. Thanks Gerry, everyone loved it.

Thanks to the generosity of Stanley Lodge, the Tayside Hotel and Stanley Medical Centre it was possible to gift each participant a box of biscuits and a 2018 calendar (with lunch club dates marked on, of course!).

Thanks must go also to the lunch club volunteers and volunteers from Stanley Health Walks who managed to wrap 50 biscuit boxes and mark 50 calendars in way less than an hour. Amazing team work and great fun too. That must surely be a record time for gift wrapping. Well done everyone.

November 2017 – the lunch club celebrated it’s 2nd birthday in style with birthday cake and a free raffle. Our sincere thanks go to Stanley Store, Davidson’s the Chemist, Stevenson’s the Butcher, Stanley SPAR and many individuals for the kind and generous donations of raffle prizes.

September and October 2017 – yet another two very enjoyable lunch clubs. Both were well attended, especially the October lunch when we were delighted to welcome people back who unfortunately experienced ill health over the summer.

There was an autumnal theme to the October lunch with bangers and mash and hot apple pudding on the menu. The tables were decorated with pumpkin lantern candles and plastic creepy crawlies in anticipation of Halloween.

August 2017 – after the highlights of the July lunch the club enjoyed a pleasant gathering for a delicious meal of macaroni cheese and chips followed by meringue, ice-cream and stewed rhubarb.

July 2017 – the lunch club was delighted to welcome visitors from Perth and Kinross Council – John Fyffe, Deputy COE; Heads of Service Lorna Cameron and Diane Fraser; and Cllr Peter Barrett, Convenor of Housing and Communities Committee. Our visitors were interested to see the lunch club in operation and they spent time speaking to participants to hear about the social impact of the club. It was a lively lunch with much laughter and chatting all accompanied by the lovely accordion music of George Jolly. Thanks to all for a great lunch.

PKC funds the Care and Wellbeing project of which the lunch club is a part. SDT is grateful to PKC for their on-going support and recognition of our work in the community.

May and June 2017 – the lunch club is as popular as ever with a healthy turnout of around 40-45 older people each month. In June we were delighted to welcome some new faces and hope that they enjoyed their first visit.  We look forward to seeing everyone again in July.

April 2017 – a slightly belated Easter celebration was enjoyed at the April Lunch Club on Wednesday 19th. Baked ham in parsley sauce and peach melba was on the menu. The Easter Bonnet competition proved very popular with lunch clubbers and volunteers. The entries were all really lovely and the entrants had clearly put in a lot of thought and effort into making their millinery creations. That made the judging very difficult. The top three Easter bonnets received an Easter egg as a prize. A raffle was held too. Thanks to everyone who donated a prize. The photo shows the Easter Bonnet winners. On the left – 1st prize Mrs. Buick, in the middle – 2nd prize Mrs. Reid, and on the right – 3rd prize Mr. Whytock. Congratulations!   (apologies from the Editor for the fuzzy photo!)

2017 – the popularity of the Lunch Club continues. The January, February and March lunches attracted around 40-45 people each time.

The Christmas lunch club on December 22nd was a grand affair with traditional turkey and trimmings and a visit from Santa Claus. Very kindly, George came along again with his accordion and entertained us with a lovely medley of Christmas song and carols. Thank you George! Thanks too to Santa and the Elves who did a great job of handing out a present to everyone.  The gifts and other treats were made possible through the fundraising efforts and generosity of local people including local band ‘Cammie and the Vol-au-Vents’ and Stanley Medical Centre.  A big thank you to everyone who contributed!

The November lunch marked the club’s 1st birthday We were delighted to welcome guests Joan Cameron and Margaret Gray, volunteers from Dunkeld Lunch club, and Munro Gauld, Chair of Stanley Development Trust. The Dunkeld Lunch Club volunteers helped us greatly with our research last year into how to set up a lunch club, and so it was lovely to have them visit Stanley.  After a celebratory lunch of lentil soup, slow-cooked blade of beef and birthday cake, Margaret drew the raffle. Thanks to the Stanley Store, Davidson’s Chemist, SPAR, and individuals for donating raffle prizes. Thanks too are due to the lunch club volunteers and the Tayside Hotel and staff for all that they do each month to make the lunch club such a success. Here’s to another great year!

The photos show the wonderful turnout and  Joan and Munro cutting the birthday cake.



Halloween was the theme for the October lunch club. The tables were decorated with pumpkin lantern style candles and plastic creepy crawlies. All very spooky! Autumnal fayre was the plat du jour – macaroni cheese and chips followed by crumble made with locally sourced apples. Several birthdays were celebrated. It was a bit of a tongue twister to fit in all the names to that line in the Happy Birthday song, but we managed.

The September lunch club got the autumn/winter session off to a flying start. It was held on a lovely autumnal day which encouraged another great turnout. Everyone tucked into tasty sausages and mash followed by Eton Mess (a couple of the dishes suggested by lunch club members in August.) As ever there was a great deal of chatter and laughter ringing out in the function suite of the Tayside Hotel.

The lunch club has continued to be well attended over the summer months. August lunch saw over 40 people coming along to enjoy the company and a lovely lunch of freshly made tomato soup and fish pie. A couple of birthdays were celebrated – a new feature of the lunch club – and suggestions for future meals were sought.

July lunch club was as busy as ever and a couple of people attended for the first time. People caught up with old friends and acquaintances, some they hadn’t seen for ages, over a delicious meal of mince pie and Eve’s pudding.

The June lunch club on the 29th beat May’s record for the biggest turnout ever! 44 people enjoyed a lunch of everyone’s favourite –  fish and chips – followed by a crumble made with home- grown rhubarb. There were several new faces too and it was lovely to welcome them to their first lunch club. There are now 56 names on the register.

The May lunch club on Wednesday 18th attracted a record 42 people. The Tayside Hotel put on a splendid spread of beef olives served with cauliflower and cheese sauce, mashed potatoes and peas. To follow there was trifle, coffee and shortbread.  It wouldn’t be surprising if everyone went home afterwards for an afternoon nap!

Word is spreading and it’s been lovely to welcome a few new faces recently. It’s great to see the lunch club being so well attended by local people. They clearly enjoy the monthly occasion. The feedback is that attendees really enjoy the company, get to see people they don’t see at any other time, and they feel more connected to the local community. Above all it’s great fun and there is much laughter and friendship.

The April lunch, held on the 20th, had a celebratory theme to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. The function room was decorated with bunting and the tables set with red, white and blue accessories. The royal theme was continued with a menu of Balmoral Chicken and Eton Mess. To add to the occasion George very kindly returned with his accordion and entertained the gathering. There was a surprise visit from Stanley’s queen of song, Hazel, who led the community singing of old, popular songs. Hazel made quite an appearance and caused great hilarity. Guess who she’s meant to be! Did you see her being driven round Stanley in a silver Mini car?

Huge thanks to Hazel, George, the Tayside Hotel, and all the volunteers who helped to make the lunch so special and such fun.

Stanley Post Office, Davidson’s the Chemist, the SPAR, and the Tayside Hotel contributed prizes for the free raffle. Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes.

The March lunch club saw another excellent turn-out. The theme this month was Easter and spring. Participants were asked for their views on the lunch club. There was unanimous agreement that the club should continue and asked for dates be set for the summer months. It’s clear that people really enjoy this opportunity to have lunch in the company of friends old and new.

The February lunch club on the 24th was attended by over 40 people, the biggest turnout yet. Everyone enjoyed the tasty chicken pie and clootie dumping, just like granny used to make.  A family member of a regular attender treated the company to a medley of tunes played on his accordion. He had everyone tapping their feet and swaying to the music.

The January lunch club on 27th had a Burns’ theme. The haggis was piped in by a Stanley Time Bank member and the address to the haggis was given by the grandson of a couple who are regular attenders. Again around 40 people attended the lunch.

The Christmas lunch club on 16th December 2015 was attended by around 40 of Stanley’s older residents. Everyone enjoyed the delicious Christmas meal and had fun singing along to a CD of Christmas carols and songs.

A successful ‘taster’ lunch club was held at the Tayside Hotel on 25th November 2015.  Thanks to a one-off award from the Community Start-up Grant (administered by PKAVS) the taster lunch was free.

A team of lunch club volunteers helped to organise the ‘taster lunch’, provided transport, and socialised with participants. A big thank you to all of them.

Attended by around 30 of Stanley’s older residents, the ‘taster’ was a very sociable affair with old connections rekindled and new acquaintances made.  The turnout demonstrated a clear demand for a lunch club in the village. Feedback from the participants indicated that they want a monthly lunch club, held on a Wednesday.