(April 1985) Sibford Friendship Club

  1. This club was founded about 18 years ago, and for most of this time was under the leadership of Mrs. Mary Flinn. Mrs. FIinn retired last year and since then the Club has been run by a committee.
  2. The object of the club is to bring the senior members of the villages together in a spirit of fellowship, and its aims are:-
    1. to develop a sense of communal responsibility,
    2. to organize talks, entertainments, outings and events as required by the majority of members,
    3. to raise money for the efficient running of the club.
  3. Communal responsibility in this context is to:-
    1. provide help in cases of sickness, hospitalization, death etc., e.g. provide transport to visit hospital, shopping etc.
    2. to advise on Age Concern, Action in Retirement, Finance budgeting, Disablement etc.
    3. to give comfort in any way, and financial assistance if necessary.
  4. The Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month except August, and usually at the Village Hall, Sibford Gower.
  5. The subscription is £1 per year.
  6. For further information, contact any of the following:- Mrs V.R.Rollett, Mrs M.A.Law, Mr S.E.Webb, Maj.L.J.Long.
  7. This club could be deemed to be an extension to the Sibford Friendly Society, which was in being some fifty or more years ago, and is believed to have been founded by the late Frank Lascelles (Pageant Master). The two banners of this Society are laid up in Holy Trinity Church. The motto of the Friendly Society, attributed to Stephen Grellet (1773 to 1855) was: –
    “I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pars this way again.”
  8. The difference between the two is that, whereas the membership of the present club is for senior citizens, the Friendly Society provided for adults of all ages.
  9. The SFC does not have a motto to date, but we commend to our members the following :-

If you can lend a needed hand,
    Or someone’s sorrow share,
If you can show by word or deed
    You sympathise and care,
Please do it now – for if you wait
    Another day could be too late.

We would welcome new members – if you are below retiring age and would like to join, contact one of the above.