Pub Lunch Clubs

Our Pub Lunch Clubs have been set up to tackle social isolation and loneliness among our ageing population, especially in rural areas where there are few local services and poor public transport links. It's aimed at the over 65s and especially those who may have been missing out on regular social contact.

Pub Lunch Clubs are predominantly hosted by pubs which are often the hub of a rural community. Before COVID-19, there were over 30 communities running Pub Lunch Clubs across the county offering two courses for around £8.00 to £10.00 (depending on the venue). They are very much community-based, each with a local organiser through whom bookings must be made.

Social exclusion among the elderly knows no geographic boundaries and we are always looking for new venues right across the county. Some communities have been so keen to be involved that they’ve helped us come up with alternative venues where there is no village pub.

How do they help local communities?

Surveys of those attending the monthly lunches show that almost 100% say that their quality of life has been improved and more than 70% have met, and spoken to, someone in their own community that they’ve never spoken to before.

Many of those attending have also become involved in other local activities as a direct result of meeting someone at the Pub Lunch Club. Before the pandemic more than 900 people enjoyed 11,000 lunches and engaged in around 33,000 social interactions.

Where are the Pub Lunch Clubs?

Pub Lunch Clubs are currently operating in multiple locations throughout Buckinghamshire. If you would like further details, please get in touch with Lew Headley on 01844617229 and at lew@communityimpactbucks.org.uk:

  • Grouse & Ale, High Street, Lane End, HP14 3JF
    1st Monday every month from 12.30pm
  • The Griffins, Bellingdon Road, Chesham, HP5 2NN
    2nd Wednesday every month from 12.30pm
  • The Black Horse, Main Road, Princes Risborough, HP27 0QU
    1st Tuesday every month from 12.30pm
  • The Watermead Inn, Lakeside, Watermead, HP19 0FX
    2nd Wednesday every month from 12.30pm
  • 2 High Street, Iver, SL0 9NG
    1st Tuesday every month from 12.30pm
  • The Harrow, Warrendene Road, High Wycombe, HP14 4LX
    1st Wednesday every month from 12.30pm
  • The Cliften Arms, Clifden Road, Worminghall, HP18 9JR
    1st Thursday every month from 12.30pm
  • The Wheel, Main Road, Naphill, HP14 4QA
    3rd Wednesday every month from 12.30pm
  • The George and Dragon, 32 The Green, Quainton, HP22 4HR
    3rd Thursday every month from 12.30pm
  • The Red Lion, Princes Risborough, HP27 9SG
    3rd Thursday every month from 12.30pm
  • Bourne End Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End, SL8 5SX
    2nd Friday every month from 12.30pm

Can you help?

In 2022 we will be relaunching the Pub Lunch Club at the Chandos Arms in Weston Turnville and are looking for volunteer coordinators. Have you a couple of hours to spare? Could you help? The role involves just 2-3 hours per month and would help so many in the local community. To find out more about the role, please download role description and, for more information, email or call us on 01844 617229.

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