Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Age No Barrier to Joining Our Gang; Trips Round Globe for Group

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Age No Barrier to Joining Our Gang; Trips Round Globe for Group

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North Ormesby Over-50s club brings together people from across Teesside for regular fun events and trips. Your Club speaks to its founder MOLLY Griffiths set up the North Ormesby Over-50s group because her mum was bored of sitting at home alone.

And 15 years on the group has become a community institution which has taken its members across the world.

Molly told Your CluS S b that she would have been just past her 60th birthday and her mum Mary McCarthy 77 when the group began.

Mother and daughter were then joined by fellow North Ormesby residents Betty Miller and Annie Lawton for the first meeting in 1996 in the hall of Trinity Church.

Now the Over-50s group is based at Pennyman House on the corner opposite the market square.

"It was set up about 15 years ago mostly because my mum was fed up of sitting in the house," said Molly, herself 76 and living on North Ormesby's James Street.

"I said to her I will run a club for the elderly and we'll call it the over-50s. You don't have to be over-50 - anyone is welcome to along. It's all about meeting people and having somewhere to go.

"It started with four people in the Church hall and then it was ten and it grew from there.

"We've had meetings in different places, we did a few in the Crown and Mitre pub on James Street and then back to the Trinity Centre when it was rebuilt.

"We have been here at Pennyman House for about seven years now since the day it opened."

The group meet every Monday for tea and coffee and play bingo as well as other activities.

They use the money raised to pay for days out and holidays.

Among the places they have visited are Bulgaria, Majorca and Turkey.

This year they have already visited the Lake District and are due to head to the Isle of Wight next month.

Molly says the group exists to bring people of all ages - not just the over-50s - together.

"It's to get people together, meet friends and there are plenty of men as well not just women," she said.

"We have raffles, bingo, a tote, a cup of tea and a biscuit. It's good fun and we have a really friendly atmosphere.

"We have just been to the Lakes a few weeks ago for a day out and we are going to the Isle of Wight for a week's holiday in July. …

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