New lunch club launched at the Gathering Place in St Athan after successful funding application

A new lunch club has been launched at the Gathering Place in St Athan after a successful application for the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Strong Communities Grant.

The club meets on the second Monday of each month and, though there is no age restriction, is designed to offer older residents of the village and others living further afield the chance to enjoy a meal in a social setting.

Residents who attended the first lunch were very impressed by the quality of the food and are looking forward to next month’s lunch.

It is organised by The Gathering Place in conjunction with churches in St Athan and Llantwit Major and all the local community is invited to attend.

A contribution of £891 was made towards the project from the Strong Communities Grant Fund, which aims to improve the resilience of groups by financing  initiatives from community groups, the voluntary sector and Town and Community Councils that promote the Council’s vision of ‘strong communities with a bright future’.

The club met for the first time on May 14, where a sizeable group was joined by Cllr John Thomas, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Chairman of the Gathering Place management Committee.

“This is a fantastic initiative that offers members of the St Athan community, many of them elderly, the opportunity to meet once a month to socialise and enjoy a tasty meal, with an excellent menu to choose from” he said.

“Such a project has an important role in helping to combat social isolation, while it can also help develop community spirit, something that is central to the Council’s blueprint for the future.

“I’m delighted the Council has been able to support this scheme and I’d encourage anyone with an idea that could benefit their area to approach the Council’s Economic Development team.

Those interested in applying for a Strong Communities Grant can find out more information by calling 01446 704636 or emailing

The Strong Communities Grant Fund totals £670,000 over three years until March 2020. There is no minimum or maximum grant limit for the Fund, however, value for money is a key assessment factor.

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