To become a member of the Good Companions you need to be over 60 years old or more. Held fortnightly on a Thursday afternoon at the Westbourne Social Club in River Street, the organisation has up to 50 members, paying a subscription fee of £2 a year. The club was founded some 48 years ago by Mrs Freeland and Mrs Coasby. The current treasurer, Ken Ross, took over from Dorothy Williamson who joined in 1980 and , in his words, ‘to all intents and purposes ran the club for twenty four years’.
Activities include bingo, a raffle, afternoon tea and the occasional talk. Ken also organises monthly outings and , as a founder of Ems Valley Community Transport, has no difficulty arranging how to get there and back!