A VILLAGE hall committee is looking to help combat rural isolation and loneliness by launching a new lunch club.

The scheme is being introduced at Abercych Village Hall and will provide an opportunity for anyone in the local community to enjoy good company, entertainment and a two-course home-cooked meal at lunchtime.

“Loneliness and isolation can be a problem for those living in the countryside, whether you work from home, are looking for work, are at home caring for a relative or simply live by yourself,” said village hall committee chair Katharine Brookes.

“Our hall is at the heart of our community and over the past three years our committee has delivered a growing programme of evening social events which have proved really popular.

“Now we think it’s time to offer something for those who’d like some company at lunchtime.

“We’ve reached out to doctor’s surgeries and churches and have sent leaflets and put up social media posts.

“With cottage pie and home-made apple crumble among the dishes on offer, who could resist?”

The first Abercych lunch club will be on Wednesday, June 12 at 12.30pm at the village hall. Free transport is available within three miles of the hall.

The cost of the event is £5 which includes a choice of main course and pudding, plus entertainment and transport if required. There will be a paid bar and those wishing to arrange transport can call 01239 639113.