A COMMUNITY club for the elderly residents of Ellesmere Port will open its doors in March.

The group is the brainchild of Paula Collins from Whitby, who wanted to create a place in the town for retired people to socialise, have fun and meet new people.

Open primarily to the over-60s, the sessions, to be held at Flatt Lane Community Centre, will feature music, board games and special themed weeks that focus on issues such as health and nutrition, history and nature.

There will also be demonstrations from local businesses to give people awareness of the issues going on in the area, as well as a freshly prepared hot meal and dessert.

Paula, 49, who worked for Age UK until her job was made redundant 18 months ago, said it was her mission to provide elderly people with an exciting place to go to during the day.

“There are already some fantastic services in Ellesmere Port like lunch clubs, but what I’m doing is a different type of thing,” she said.

“I absolutely loved my job with Age UK and now I want to demonstrate my passion for caring for the elderly by creating this place where people can get out and about, have fun and be entertained.

“I have so many ideas I want to explore. Ideally attendees should be retired age but there is no real age limit.”

Paula added: “Cheshire West and Chester Council have been amazingly supportive by giving me a room free of charge for the first six months, and EPNAVCO have been great too.

“I’ve also been working with West Cheshire College and the academy and hope to build the club up as I go along.”

Sessions cost £12 per person per day which includes a meal and dessert.

Paula is holding an open day at the community centre from 10am-3pm on Saturday, February 16, to give a taster of what the club will be like.

It will feature folk music, a performance from the Magic Circle, a reflexology demonstration and light refreshments.

Potential clients, friends and volunteers interested in getting involved are welcome.