A SOCIAL group that has been running for more than eight years is encouraging residents of Kingstone to ‘make new friends’.

The Friendship Group meets every alternate Thursday to eat, cook and socialise.

Now in its eighth year, both John and Margaret Gostelow, who formed the group, are wanting to expand.

“We’ve had a loyal group of members since we began, who are mostly over 65,” said Margaret.

“We’re such a collective. We all muck in and contribute with making our meals, setting the table and cleaning up, it’s such a community feel.

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“There is entertainment and two courses of food that we all pay for and cook together.

“There’s not much offered around Kingstone anymore sadly, so the more people we can help support, the better.

“The group started as a way to socialise and meet new people. From couples and families to people who want to make new friends.

“Anyone is welcome, although the Friendship Group tends to be aimed at older people.”

Margaret and John are now launching a new coffee club on every alternate Thursday which is open to everyone.

“The coffee club will be more relaxed and is suited to everybody. We felt that it would work to some new faces to come along for a cuppa, cake and a chat.”

The Friendship Group and Coffee Club take place alternate Thursdays from 11am at St Edward’s Church, Kingstone.

For more information or to attend, call 790460.