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19th December 2022

Dales Diners group get festive with Christmas lunch and carols

Carers and the people they care for got into the festive spirit at this year’s Dales Diners Christmas lunch.

On 1 December at Christ Church Hall in Darley, near Harrogate, members of the Dales Diners group enjoyed a full Christmas dinner, followed by a delicious dessert and hot drinks.

The 32 people who attended were also treated to Christmas carols from the In Harmony choir.

This year we suggested a ‘pay as you please’ contribution to make things a little easier on the pocket.

The Dales Diners group, run by Carers’ Resource for the past eight years, is for people with memory problems and their carers. The group gets together on the first Thursday of the month to enjoy a home-cooked lunch and a chat.

Carol Lancaster, Project Worker at Carers’ Resource, who helps run the group, said: “I would like to think that after all these years we are a well oiled machine, the detail is in the planning! Of course, it would not happen without my team of volunteers who are so dedicated to making the event successful. They are kind, thoughtful, hard-working and very reliable. They know how much the lunch means to our diners as the carers tell them on a regular basis! I think, and hope that they all enjoy themselves, knowing that giving up their time is so appreciated.”

Carol added: “I had many lovely comments after the Christmas event. I think that the singing was particularly enjoyed by the people with dementia. Many of them sing with local dementia choirs and it was particularly moving to see them singing along with the carols, sung so enthusiastically by the local choir who had arranged their working day and lunchtime around coming to sing.”

Anyone wishing to attend Dales Diners events needs to book, either by calling 0808 50 15 939 and asking to speak to Carol or emailing