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Happy Hour Club


Happy Hour Club members
Photo © Lorna Sandison

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Dr. Dowle and Rev. William Alexander started the Happy Hour Club in 1971 as a community project for the over 65s, with the aim of improving the physical and mental health of the elderly in the parish. In October 1971, there were 42 members and they held their first Christmas Party on the 8th December 1971.

In the meeting of March of 1973 there were 18 members present and membership was 25p annually. There were raffles and sales of work to raise funds for outings, parties and for hospitality for groups outwith Northmavine. Meetings were held in halls throughout the year (weather permitting) - fortnightly in summer and monthly in winter. Meetings featured home bakes, dancing, talks, slide shows and dramatics.

In recent years, the Happy Hour Club has met in summer months only, 3-5pm. Tea and biscuits are on offer, as are a good chat, a game of cards or knitting. There are also humourous recitations by Maggie Blance plus outings and lunches at Whalsay, Vidlin and Yell.

The Happy Hour Club are always happy to have new members. If you would like to attend, you would be made most welcome!

The Happy Hour Club has received support grants from the Charitable Trust, Northmavine Community Council and the SIC.

(Notes taken from Happy Hour minutes lent to Charlotte Stevens by Willie Ratter.)

Lerwick Bus Trips

There are fortnightly bus trips to Lerwick for the elderly on every second Tuesday. This uses the service bus, and the bus driver will drop off anyone at the Co-op who wishes to do their shopping, going on from there into the town centre.

The bus then returns to the Co-op to pick people up again and take them to the street. The bus leaves the Viking Bus Station in Lerwick at 3pm.