Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
2:42 PM 24th March 2021

Always Room For More Friendship

Dear Editor

Off the back of the government’s recent roadmap announcement, Skipton Oddfellows are putting plans in place to re-start face-to-face social events. While many of our group’s members can’t wait to get out again and re-connect, there are some who feel that their confidence and mental health have been knocked for six this past year.

We’ve been in regular touch with our local members throughout the pandemic. Sadly, some have lost someone close, and the majority have felt the daily struggle of staying at home to keep themselves and others safe.

As social restrictions ease and we’ve got routes back to a more normal way of life, we know that many people’s normal will be very different to the one they once knew. So much time has passed and we appreciate that it might feel incredibly daunting to step out and socialise again.

We’re going to be there for all our members to help them re-adjust at their own pace. But if anyone else feels that they too are in need of some gentle, friendly support or encouragement, then we’ve always room for more within our friendship group.

We’ll be looking to safely restart our outdoor events from mid-April earliest and indoor ones from mid-May. We’ve also lots of online events that are free and open to potential new members to enjoy right now. We’ve been told that they’ve been a lifeline during the pandemic. There are also monthly online open days where you can find out more about us.

Skipton's next one’s are on Thursday 25th March at 7pm then 28th April at 2pm and 27th May at 7pm.

If you’d like to be kept in the loop of our group’s activities and receive a listing of our events, contact the office on 01756 798022 or email or
Everyone’s welcome.

Stay safe and well.

Kind regards,
Rachel Dawson - Social Organiser, Skipton Oddfellows
Sarah Butcher – Branch Secretary, Skipton Oddfellows

About the Oddfellows
Established in 1810, the Oddfellows is one of the largest and oldest friendly societies in the UK, with 404,000 members across 115 Branches nationwide. We're a non-profit mutual run by our members for our members, and we do our best to improve the quality of people’s lives through friendship, care and charity. It costs from £25 a year to join us as a member and become part of our friendly society.