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Clubs to Join in Retirement

By: John Beith - Updated: 31 Mar 2021 | comments*Discuss
Oap Seniors Retirement Activities Clubs

One thing newly retired people can sometimes find hard to come to terms with is the amount of free time they suddenly have on their hands. Suddenly going from a structured busy work day to a day where you have to find something to fill the time can be quite a culture shock. Sure you can do the gardening, or get round at last to doing all those odd jobs in the home, but these tasks won't last for ever, and the weather especially in winter will curb the time you can spend in the garden.If you are on your own the social aspect of work can be missed. Interaction with other people if you are at home all day can sometimes be difficult.

A good way to get out and about socialise and meet people is to join a club. You may already have a hobby or interest, so why not join a club to meet other people with the same interests. You may only want to have an opportunity to meet people and have a chat, but whatever you want to do there's probably a club somewhere that will cater for your needs.

Finding a Club

A good place to start is your local library. They normally have lots of leaflets or advertisements for local clubs and activities. You could look in the telephone directory, yellow pages or your local directory; there are many clubs and associations listed. Look at the ads in your local supermarket, or the local newspaper many clubs advertise meetings and most welcome new members.

What Kind of Clubs Are There?

There are many different types of clubs out there. Some clubs meet daily, others once or twice a week, others only monthly. Let's have a look at some ideas:

  • Lunch Clubs - Lunch clubs meet once or twice a week and are held at places where you can pop in and have a light meal, a cup of tea and a chat. The session normally lasts 3-4 hours and a small payment is usually charged for the meal. It's a nice way to spend some time and meet some old and new friends.

  • Drop-in Club - Held one or two days a week in local community centres all over the country, drop-in clubs offer tea, a chat and usually some activities. The good thing about a club like this is you can come and go as you please, as they are normally open from around 10am till 4pm.

  • Local Community OAP Clubs - These clubs normally hold weekly get-togethers. A fee per meeting or a subscription fee is usually charged. Here entertainment of some sort is usually provided. A guest speaker, musical acts or other forms of entertainment regularly perform, with audience participation usually welcome. It's common for an afternoon tea to be provided at this type of club.

If you have a hobby, want to keep fit, or would like to take up a new skill or pastime the opportunities are limitless. Listed below are some ideas:

  • Seniors Swimming - most pools have sessions run exclusively for older people. Most also provide lessons if you want to learn or improve your swimming.

  • Local History Groups - Many have ongoing projects looking into and discovering interesting facts about social history in the area. Many have guest speakers who provide great insight into the history of the local communities.

  • Writing groups - The local library normally has details of local writing groups and when they meet.

  • Rambling/Walking - If you are reasonably fit and enjoy the fresh air there's nothing better than getting out for a walk in the countryside. It's a great way to get to know your area and is a good way to meet new people.

  • Photography - Many community centres and local schools have photography classes where you can hone old skills and learn lots of new ones too.

Other activities and clubs to consider include:
  • Bowls
  • Golf
  • Arts and crafts
  • Painting
  • Aerobics
  • Whist
  • Chess
  • Genealogy
  • Bridge
  • Wine tasting/appreciation
  • Yoga
  • Keep fit
  • Reading groups
  • Choirs
  • Amateur dramatics
You should also consider looking at what your local schools and colleges offer in the way of adult learning classes. There is normally a whole host of classes, offering you the chance to take part in activities and develop new skills. No matter your age or physical ability get out there and find something that's suitable for you - you're never too old to learn something new or take up anew challenge.

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After 36 yrs married am now widow and want to meet people
Dee - 31-Mar-21 @ 6:24 PM
Iam widowed after 36 yrs married don’t no how to start a new life so would like to meet people
Dee - 31-Mar-21 @ 6:22 PM
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Polly - 11-Mar-21 @ 8:25 AM
Hi anybody live in Bexley kent lost husband looking to make friends Thankyou.
Queenie - 21-Feb-21 @ 11:47 AM
Hi anyone near Bexley in kent I’m a widow after 53 years,so lovely looking for companion thankyou
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Liz Travis - 15-Dec-20 @ 9:55 AM
Retired and I reached 60 and I am bored and there is a void in my life and there are no retirement clubs in my country
FaFa - 4-Dec-20 @ 11:43 AM
Hi. I,m Colin just lost my wife of 53 years I live in Warwickshire is there any groups in my area as I need people for friendship as I feel lost and lonely.
Col - 22-Nov-20 @ 6:32 AM
Are there any activities or groups currently taking place in Wakefield for over 60’s.I am a social person missing human company.
Judith - 7-Oct-20 @ 11:57 PM
Very young 75 year old looking for friends for days out and meals etc. In my area. I am a twin she is also on her own. Young at heart with good health
Brenda - 7-Oct-20 @ 4:01 PM
Widowed over 2 half yearsbut nice to socialise again
Fancy - 29-Sep-20 @ 12:31 AM
I'm 63 and still working but love walking, swimming & days out. I drive & am happy to travel. I'd love to have a friend to walk or go swimming with at weekends or early evenings (male or female) & to go on days out too. I am a reasonably quick walker & live in Southampton.
Wendy - 23-Sep-20 @ 8:36 PM
Hi, I recently lost my husband and I am looking for companions that would like to meet up and maybe do day tripsand coffee meet ups. I live near Woking in Surrey,
hillmill - 21-Sep-20 @ 4:46 PM
I have recentlymoved to Long Buckby Northamptonshire living with my Son and family, I would love to have female friend to chat to and perhaps go out for a meal or just a day out I do drive however not good at finding new places. I have been widowed for 10yrs and will be 73 next, however very young at heart would love to meet someone who is also wanting to make changes to their life.
Jeanne - 16-Sep-20 @ 4:32 PM
I am a young 71 year old and lost my husband last year am looking for someone who has the same interests and would enjoy my company.In the past have travelled quite a lot enjoy the outdoors and walking. I live inGrays Thurrock
Shylady - 14-Sep-20 @ 2:31 PM
I am a 68 year old lady I have just lost my beloved husband due to the virus he was 71 and in good health so it was very sudden I am an outgoing friendly person who misses someone to talk to i am still very much grieving I am not looking for any relationship I just want to socialise and try and laugh again I don't have any hobbies apart from going for drives and holidays I have my own car I like to be out and about I live in the Dunfermline area
Dolly - 13-Sep-20 @ 3:22 PM
I am a young at heart 81 year old, lives in Paignton and wonder whether there is anyone out there who would like some occasional company.I am slightly disabled, and although l still drive my car l spend most of my time on m mobility scooter!I like reading, watching television, he lidays, eating out.
Trish - 11-Sep-20 @ 8:32 AM
Hi. I'm 67 and newly retired. Would love to meet men and women for chats and giggles. I love walking and visits to the countryside and the seaside. I live in Darlington in the NE of England.
Sheila - 7-Sep-20 @ 6:45 PM
Hi I'm a young 69 non smoker looking to make new friends in ipswich I dont drive
Isabelle - 21-Aug-20 @ 3:59 PM
My mum is a very young 85 year old widow. She has no transport and is anxious going places on her own but shes fun loving and really needs company (friendship wise ) from men or women. Is there anyone out there? Milton Keynes based. Thanks Debbie
debs - 19-Aug-20 @ 1:07 PM
I have recently lost my husband and am anxious on getting out to meet new friends in a club quite local. I am still working 2 days a week but feel I need a little more activity in my life. The lockdownhasn't helped. Can anyone give me any ideas on what clubs to join.I am 68 by the way
Mo - 30-Jul-20 @ 8:48 AM
I joined the U3A in Barnsley when I moved there after my husband died - best thing I ever did! I made new friends and got involved in different interest groups. I even got to be the Editor of their newsletter. There are U3As all over the country - I highly recommend making contact. I know many groups are meeting online until we emerge from lockdown.
Sue - 24-Jul-20 @ 5:19 PM
I am recently retired and looking for new friends. The present circumstances we find ourselves in with covid-19 doesn’t help. I noticed a 67 year old from Epsom who is a former South African and enjoys cricket and rugby. Well I to am a former South African who lives in Woking and enjoys cricket and rugby. How do I get in contact?
Steve - 19-Jul-20 @ 12:10 PM
Widow young outlook ,73yrs old looking for company to share meals out or drinksKeen rugby league fan love holidays when can go again.live Bradford area
Lady V - 17-Jul-20 @ 9:10 PM
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Lady V - 17-Jul-20 @ 9:08 PM
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Tony - 2-Jul-20 @ 9:01 PM
Hi everyone Can’t find the replies section, do people ever reply. Thanks.Katie from Liverpool
Katie. - 25-Jun-20 @ 11:11 AM
Hi, I am a young 82 years old. Live in Addlestone, Surrey. I am married. We have recently downsized I am looking to make friends with ladies for coffee and lunches and days out. I have an active mind love craft. I am easy going and get on well with people. Please contact me if you would like to meet up. Thank you for reading.
Shirley. - 11-Jun-20 @ 3:49 PM
Hi I live near Nottingham I am retired and I want to Make friends to go out with I love cinema history reading the beach
Joejo - 8-Mar-20 @ 3:17 PM
Would like to meet lady from waterlooville tea/ lunch..
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