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Sunday 24th June saw the Rotary Club of Skipton Craven and Tesco Skipton join forces in sponsoring a Great Get Together luncheon at Skipton Town Hall, for 75 Craven residents who, for a variety of reasons, may not get many opportunities to meet others and enjoy events, and would welcome being part of a community get together.
The great get Together is a Jo Cox inspired initiative aimed at bringing together communities. In Jo Cox's first speech to parliament, she stated: "We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us."
In the spirit of this, it was a great pleasure to see students from our College, the majority of whom had not known each other prior to this event, come together and work alongside each other to create a fantastic team. They provided a wonderful service to all of the guests and could not do enough to help out.
Linda Sands, Learner Mentor said ‘The organisers, volunteers and guests of the Great Get Together event all recognised that these students are a credit to the College.'
The Skipton event was supported by Age UK North Craven and Carers' Resource Skipton and assisted by students from Craven College, and the ladies from Slimming World Skipton.
Each luncheon table was hosted by a Rotary member or their partner and all enjoyed fellowship together, during a 3-course meal along with drinks and refreshments.
Entertainment included songs by vocalist Jamie Squire and 9-year-old rising superstar Jasper Anakin who wowed the audience with his rhythmic playing and great voice. The afternoon was rounded off by a couple of games of bingo with cash prizes and a Memories of Craven Quiz followed by a raffle of prizes donated by some local businesses and Rotarians.
The event ended with a joint vote of thanks by Carers' Resource representative Sally Skipper and Age UK North Craven Chief Officer Sue Bradley.
Many guests commented how much they enjoyed the event and hailed it a great success, so much so that the intention is to run a similar occasion in December.