Elder Tree Club puts down roots at a new home in South Cliff

Elder Tree Club'Members of the Elder Tree Club meeting for the last time at Elders Street Day Centre before they move to St Andrews Church in Ramshill.'Picture by Neil Silk  sn122828'11/07/12
Elder Tree Club'Members of the Elder Tree Club meeting for the last time at Elders Street Day Centre before they move to St Andrews Church in Ramshill.'Picture by Neil Silk sn122828'11/07/12
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A long-running Scarborough over 60s club has moved to a new home at St Andrew’s Church in Ramshill after leaving its Elders Street base.

The Elder Tree Club, which was based at Elders Street for around 30 years, has now served up its last lunchtime meal at the premises.

From today, the club will officially be launched at St Andrew’s in South Cliff.

Sarah Wray, development manager at Seachange, which runs the club, said: “We’d been in talks with St Andrew’s for a number of weeks and it’s great that everything is now official.

“We’ll be operating exactly as we used to from Monday to Friday.

“It’s a nice, secure community setting and we’re really pleased with it.

“We’re also looking at offering some additional services in collaboration with St Andrew’s.”

Miss Wray explained that until now, there had not been a luncheon club in the South Cliff area that offered hot lunches Monday to Friday.

She added that the Elder Tree Club serves 40 to 50 lunches on some days.

The club has had its ups and downs throughout the years. Campaigns have been launched by members in the past over fears the club could close.

The uncertainly over the change of venue was the latest hurdle the club has had to overcome.

Miss Wray said: “The club has an awful lot of history. It’s had some turbulent times, but I think that member have realised that it’s the members and volunteers themselves who make the club.

“There has been a lot of upheaval for them. Change can be perceived as a negative thing, but I think this is a positive change and that we can make the club even more accessible.”