The Community Lunch Club is open every day at Northfield Court, a sheltered housing scheme for older people run by the Abbeyfield Defendamus Society.

The house has 11 spacious apartments available to rent, each with its own wet room, lounge and kitchenette, and residents receive home-cooked meals at lunch and supper time. 

It's a place where residents can enjoy the support of a committed team of staff and volunteers, and also relax in the communal areas – including a beautiful garden and a conservatory – at their leisure, with an independent lifestyle encouraged.

The house provides safe and secure accommodation with all utility bills included in the rental agreement. Residents also have access to a varied programme of social activities, such as outings to garden centres and the theatre, film club, a monthly breakfast club, flexercise (gentle exercising) and gardening.

The Community Lunch Club at Northfield Court has clearly had a profound impact on the lives of local older people, providing an invaluable opportunity for socialising and forging new relationships.

One such example includes Helen, whose daughter Sarah provides care and support for Helen in her own home, after she moved from Torquay to Taunton in early 2022.

"Mum’s move to Taunton did cause me a considerable amount of anxiety and I was worried about how she would settle, especially as she enjoys the company of others. I saw an advertisement for the Community Lunch Club at Northfield Court and contacted the Manager, Sam Corrie, who arranged for mum to visit. From the moment she walked in, she has been made to feel part of the community there. Everyone has been so kind, not only to my mum but also to myself, and I can’t thank them all enough for the support they offer. Mum’s move to Taunton has gone better than I could ever have hoped for and I truly believe that Northfield court has played a massive part in her being so happy and settled.”

Sarah, daughter of Helen

Helen is now a regular at the Lunch Club and joins in with several of the house’s other activities.

“Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. Mum is invited to all of the events and she has formed some lovely friendships. I also know that I could always turn to Sam for support if I ever needed something extra for her. We need more Northfield courts and Sam Corries in this world."

Sarah, daughter of Helen

Sam added, “It is wonderful to see how beneficial the Community Lunch Club has been for local people like Helen.  We wanted to ensure that everyone in our community had the opportunity to meet like-minded people, whilst enjoying a home cooked meal.  The lunch club has welcomed some 40 people since its launch last year, and we continue to attract new friends to the house.”

For £10, each guest to the Lunch Club receives a two-course lunch, followed by a selection of hot and cold drinks or sherry. The club is also well-attended by the residents, whose food is included as part of their rental agreement. Spaces are limited, so please book to avoid disappointment by contacting Sam at or on 01823 339 328.

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