Meetings at the time started off in a very informal way and activities included making knitted squares which were made up into blankets for Oxfam, the Mother Theresa charity and the Red Cross. Members enjoyed meeting for card games and a chat and annual subs were just 30p a year.
In the late 1970s members enjoyed going on holiday together to resorts such as Eastbourne or Llandudno in Wales. But gradually, due to lifestyle changes, membership numbers dropped and it was agreed that people who lived outside the village would also be welcome to join the club.
During the last four years there has been an increase of interest in the club which now has over 100 members, over 70 of which attend every meeting.
The club programme contains an excellent diversity of entertainment and events with experts in many fields giving presentations on a regular basis. The club also has frequent musical performances including singing groups, quintets, choirs, jazz and accordion bands and a school choir at Christmas.
From April to October each year there are monthly coach trips, a free cream tea at the annual general meeting in July and a Christmas lunch.
Annual subscription to the club is now 3 and a charge of 50p is made at each meeting to cover the cost of the entertainment and a cup of tea.
However, the added bonus of enjoyment of meetings, the lively atmosphere and meeting friends both old and new can only be considered priceless!
Meetings are held fortnightly on Tuesdays at the War Memorial Hall from 2.30pm-4pm.
THE FACTS: Name of club: Congresbury Over 60s Club. Founded: 1978. Membership: Over 100. Who the club caters for: People over 60 years old. Meeting place and time: Congresbury War Memorial Hall. Chairman: Irving Prowse. Who to contact for more details: Irving or Ann Prowse on 01934 832004.