Friends in Lower Morden celebrated their first anniversary this week with a tasty home-made lunch and a slice of delicious birthday cake at Lower Morden Baptist Church.
Enthusiasm from local older residents was the springboard to form this group that is open to Morden residents who want to enjoy good company, see old friends and make new ones.
Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis gave a brief address before lunch and joined in with the cake cutting. Friends in Lower Morden is ably run by volunteers. Lunches, day trips, games evenings, keep fit exercise sessions and holiday breaks are all planned over the coming months.
Councillor Alambritis, said: “It’s important groups like this exist, giving people a great place to go and make friends and have a good time. Although we live in a lively borough that’s part of a bustling capital city, many people are lonely so groups like Friends in Lower Morden, which are open and welcoming, play a huge part in helping people get out and about and making it possible to enjoy life.”
Member of Friends in Lower Morden, Jean Marshall, who shares her birthday with the group’s anniversary, and who helped cut the cake, said: “I love coming here and seeing my friends, and I’m also looking forward to being able to enjoy the activities that are being organised. We’ve got a great team of volunteers who cook the lunches for us and joining in with the rest of the group is always great fun.”