End of an era as Ryhall club meets for the last time

Final meeting of Ryhall Darby and Joan Club at Toft House Hotel.'Photo: MSMP190313-012ow
Final meeting of Ryhall Darby and Joan Club at Toft House Hotel.'Photo: MSMP190313-012ow

A club marked the end of an era with a three-course lunch last week.

Members of the Ryhall Darby and Joan Club met for the group’s last ever meeting at Toft Country House Hotel on Tuesday.

The club has been forced to close as no-one came forward to take over the running of it from president and secretary Anne Harrison, who had to step down from the role.

The event also featured a raffle and members received a gold Easter rabbit from the club.

Mrs Harrison, who has been secretary of the Ryhall Darby and Joan Club for more than 32 years, said: “It was a very happy and sunny day and all the members enjoyed it.

“I don’t know how long the club has been running for but for the 32 years I’ve been a member I have some great memories. I remember our Easter bonnet parades, harvest events and much more. It’s a shame it’s closing but I just couldn’t continue.”

Mrs Harrison and Betty Edwards, who helped with the running of the club, were given a bouquet and gardening vouchers by members as a thank you for all their hard work over the years.

Club treasurer Doreen Tyler was also thanked for her support.

“It was a lovely surprise to be given the bouquet and gardening vouchers.

“Me and Betty were thrilled and it was so nice that the members clubbed together to do this for us.”

The club has also thanked staff at the hotel for their food and service.