Downham Market day centre needs more members

Members of the Silverdale Club in Downham enjoy a game of dominoes
Members of the Silverdale Club in Downham enjoy a game of dominoes
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Downham’s Silverdale Club could fold unless more members sign up.

The day centre provides activities, lunch and friendship for elderly, disabled or lonely people in the town.

Currently just 12 people go along to the Wednesday session in the Jubilee Centre, Howdale.

The club, which is run solely by volunteers, is surviving on a £20,000 bequest and receives no other funding bar the £12 charge paid by members.

The group needs more members or it could fold in two years.

Club chairman Dorothy Dane said: “We need more people to support the club.

“There is always a lovely atmosphere with lots of chatter.”

The club meets between 10am and 3pm when members enjoy a hot two-course meal, games and entertainment along with companionship. Transport is also provided.

Silverdale has received nearly £660 from Norfolk County Council’s Healthy Communities department to buy new games and activities, including indoor bowls .

Mrs Dane said: “The club helps people who are on their own or not very mobile, it is a means of getting out. It also allows carers to have a break.”

The weekly charge will rise to £14 in March.

For more information on the club contact Mrs Dane on 01366 382899 or email