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A new Haverhill group offering a relaxed place to meet other people is offering a vital social lifeline

A cuppa, a biscuit and a friendly relaxed place to make new friends are being provided by a new community group run by volunteers.

Since it was launched on October 1 The Chatter Box, which is held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at The Chalkstone Community Centre, in Strasbourg Square, has been having a beneficial effect on the lives of many people.

The group, which is open from 10am to midday, was set up by Fiona Brittain, who is helped by fellow volunteers Emily Perrett, Fiona Dolby, Debbie Nash and Sue Hale.

Pictured: Debbie Nash with Lily (2), Emily Perrett with Hannah (2), Fiona Brittain and Fiona Dolby. Picture by Mecha Morton
Pictured: Debbie Nash with Lily (2), Emily Perrett with Hannah (2), Fiona Brittain and Fiona Dolby. Picture by Mecha Morton

Fiona said: “I had met a lot of people through work and going out that had moved to the area who didn’t know people and didn’t know how to meet people and also, with my youngest child starting school I had the time to do it.

“I think there is a lot out there for people with little ones but not much that is open to everybody so I thought it would be good to have something that is for everyone.

“It’s lovely. We’ve got all sorts of ages that come. We just wanted it to be welcoming and relaxed for everyone to come along and enjoy.”

Fiona Dolby said word had spread about the group and what it was like and the evidence suggested people appeared to like what they had heard.

“We’ve had a lot of people say they would never venture out of the house and they will to this.”

The Chatter Box is free to attend and tea, coffee, squash, biscuits and sweet are provided and a raffle is held each time it is held.

Although it is held at the Chalkstone Community Centre, the group is run independently from The River of Life Community Church, which owns the building.

The group is also supported by local businesses, including Snobby Eddy Crafts, We Do Signs & Labels, Spring Cottage Landscaping and Drive Green

The Chatter Box will be having a Christmas raffle on Saturday, December 7, from 2p-4.30pm. Admission is free.

For more details, find them on Facebook; @The Chatter Box

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