Herne Hill Pub Hosts Festive Lunch for Over 60s

Herne Hill Pub Hosts Festive Lunch for Over 60s

Southwark residents over 60 looking for companionship, and volunteers from local charity Link Age Southwark, were treated to a Christmas lunch at The Prince Regent, Herne Hill this week.  The meal was part of Heineken’s Brewing Good Cheer Campaign, which encourages pubs across the UK to bring those in socially isolated situations together by hosting free lunches.

With loneliness affecting over nine million people in the UK, Heineken believes pubs have an important role to play in alleviating the problem by providing a welcoming place where people can connect with their neighbours and wider communities.

15 over 60-year-olds and volunteers from Link Age Southwark, joined licensee Felix Pearce and his staff for a three-course festive gastro lunch choosing from Christmas turkey with all the trimmings and everything from beef bourguignon to coq au vin followed by a choice of chocolate brownie with pistachio ice cream, sticky toffee pudding and creme brûlée.

Around 600 Southwark residents use the services provided by the award-winning* charity Link Age Southwark.  It was set up 25 years ago to help combat social isolation and loneliness amongst older people and has 400 volunteers.  It offers a befriending service, connecting volunteers with over 60-years-olds for an hour a week’s chat.  It also hosts 24 activities across the borough, such as singing, games of dominoes and craft workshops. 

 Ruth Driscoll, Director of Link Age Southwark said of the lunch: “We are so pleased to be part of this initiative to bring the local community in Southwark together.

“Participating in a lunch like this is a great opportunity for people to get out, meet others in a similar situation, have a laugh and get into festive spirit.  And, what better place to hold a lunch than in a great pub like The Prince Regent which is a focal point for the community.

“Christmas can be a hard time for anyone especially elderly people if they’re lonely.    We’re trying to strengthen our communities through volunteering.  We’re crying out for drivers to take people places, as fewer people drive nowadays, so please do contact us if you can help, or if you want to volunteer in other ways.  We’d love to hear from you.”

Felix Pearce of The Prince Regent said: “Herne Hill is a bit like a village. It is a community spirited place to live and The Prince Regent sits at the heart of it. We provide a social place for people to come together, be it for a chat at the bar, a Sunday lunch, quiz night, WI gathering, kids party or art classes.  We’re a warm and welcoming place and there’s always something going on.  However, sadly some people don’t feel able to enjoy that.  Social isolation is a terrible thing especially at Christmas time, so it is a lovely to join forces with Link Age Southwark, who do a great job, and offer people who might not normally come in somewhere friendly where they can be looked after, have a fun lunch and meet others in the community.”

David Paterson, corporate affairs director for Heineken said: “There really is no place like the Great British pub – it’s the place where relationships start, friendships are cemented, and memories made.  We believe pubs are at the heart of communities and we’re delighted to be working once again with so many pub landlords who want to make a positive difference not just at Christmas, but all year round. We hope Brewing Good Cheer continues to raise awareness of the issue of social isolation and inspires more people and publicans like Felix to get involved and help combat it.”