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Clubs to Join in Retirement

By: John Beith - Updated: 30 Jul 2020 | 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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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
Widow young outlook ,73yrs old looking for company to share meals out or drinksKeen rugby league fan love holidays when can go again
Lady V - 17-Jul-20 @ 9:08 PM
HI I'm a 61 yo single malenew to the Waterlooville area. Moved just prior to lockdown, so have been a bit of a prisoner, as now social contact, not that there as been anything social to go to. Love all sport ,walking, travel( when we are allowed without restrictions), beach, sun, gardening, DIYmeals out and in, the odd tipple now and again. Looking to meet males or females for friendship and social interaction. Willing
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..
Singer - 6-Mar-20 @ 1:20 PM
Hi Dancer I can do a Saturday if that would suit you.
Pinky - 27-Feb-20 @ 10:16 PM
Hi Brian from Portsmouth 71 would love to meet up with a lady for coffee
Singer - 25-Feb-20 @ 1:28 PM
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doglover - 24-Feb-20 @ 11:10 PM
Hi Pinky I live in Streatham but will be moving near Epsom soon as planning to retire early . Happy to meet up for a coffee but would need to be at the weekend.
Dancer - 21-Feb-20 @ 7:16 PM
Hi Anybody in Epsom would like to meet for coffee .
Pinky - 19-Feb-20 @ 9:52 PM
Hi I am looking for friends to go out socially and enjoy retirement I am interested in Antiques Art Cinema eating out National Trust places Short holidays Basically just good company I do have a problem with knee hopefully temporary but does not stop me from enjoying life I do drive and I live in Leicestershire / Nottinghamshire Closer to Nottingham really
Skipbo - 8-Feb-20 @ 3:55 PM
Hi. I’m Pam, 70 years old and my friends husbands are ill, so would love to meet for a cuppa. I’m from Liverpool.
Katie - 4-Feb-20 @ 9:35 AM
I am 69 yrs young livenear Tipton retired 16 months ago driving me crazy .looking to meet local people for friendship
Bob - 26-Jan-20 @ 11:07 AM
Any one from South Wales, lm a 67 year old female, looking for a friend to have coffee, days out, holidays with, and generally enjoy life, l was made a widow just over 2 years ago, so now it’s time to smile again.
Sammy - 24-Jan-20 @ 8:44 PM
Hi Ronnie. Hope you received some replies, I am a 70 year old female from Liverpool.Would love to hear from you.
Pam - 20-Jan-20 @ 11:41 AM
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Jeannie - 16-Jan-20 @ 7:48 PM
I'm 67 looking to meet new people in my area perkinsvil Chester le street
Shirley - 8-Jan-20 @ 9:36 PM
I am a 67 year old female who is wanting to embrace retirement and meet new friends. I live in Leicestershire and drive. However at present I have sustained a broken knee cap and am waiting for surgery. I have grown up children. Love my family and grandchildren like family time. Cooking. History. Visiting places of interest and staying near the sea.
Sophie - 6-Jan-20 @ 3:13 PM
I will be 65 in a couple of weeks and I am a widow.Moved to Lincoln 2years ago and although I still work part time I am finding it hard to meet people around my own age . Would like to meet someone for friendship/days out /coffee/cinema/bowling etc
Rosie - 6-Jan-20 @ 2:34 PM
I am nearly 70 eeeeek ! Would love to meet a gentleman for the occasional walk in the country or dinner by candle light.....if that still happens ! Born in SA . Widowed for the past 6 years, so it gets pretty lonely . Anyone out there looking for friendship ?
Heath - 2-Jan-20 @ 7:07 PM
Recently seperated i would like to meet people for coffee and chats.I live in Norwich. My main hobbieis holidays abroad. LISA
LISA - 20-Dec-19 @ 12:06 AM
I have found the ideas and discussion very disappointing.On retirement, people have lots of time.They also have the opportunity to use their time to help their community. Many people want to help others by volunteering. Some suggestions: Spend time raising money for local, national and international charities Spend time talking and reading to more elderly perhaps lonely people Help with local events and schools.Schools for disadvantaged children may well welcome helpers Joining a Rotary Club is a great way of joining others who want give service to the community.They welcome retired men and women with the time and the wish to help others, and to have a great time in the process. Nor have I seen mention of U3A (full name university of the third age) This is notan association for retired academics but one for anyone who in retirement has the time to pursue old and new interests.Most areas of the country have a branch.People can join one group or plenty -such as computing or tablets for beginners, local history, current affairs, rambling, gardening, discussing a book a month.There may be 30 or more different groups in your local branch.If you have a particular expertise or interest, you might be prepared to start a new group. None of my suggestions need be expensive.
JIRO - 12-Dec-19 @ 4:13 PM
I am 66 with Ataxi so ,my manouverability is poor (i walk with a stick short distances and a scooter for longer) i have an active mind and am going quietly mad sitting at home, are there any clubs in my area (HU5) that i could visit and get involved in?
donks - 10-Dec-19 @ 1:24 PM
I am 67, and I love life, I would to learn new things and love playing cards games, I live in Epsom, I am quite lonely and in need of new friends, I am from South African, but I live here now, oh btw I love rugby and cricket, thank you
None - 5-Nov-19 @ 10:48 PM
Active 82 year old new to area would like to meet others or join an activity
None - 21-Sep-19 @ 11:29 AM
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