IT WAS a 'full house' when MP Jonathan Reynolds dropped in to a community bingo club in Mossley.
Dozens of residents regularly join in the fun at the bingo session, organised every six weeks by the Micklehurst Estate Resident Association - and on Friday Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds called by to join them.
As well as chatting to residents about the success of their bingo club, Mr Reynolds also agreed to call some of the numbers for their weekly game.
Mr Reynolds said: "Too often residents live their lives behind closed doors, without knowing the people they live close to.
"This bingo and lunch club is an excellent opportunity for the whole community to come together.
"Clearly some of the residents in Millbrook regard this as one of the highlights of their week - and it was a pleasure to be able to join them."
Irene Raddings, chair of the Micklehurst Estate Residents Association, came up with the idea for the session two years ago. She was concerned that there weren’t enough opportunities available to older residents living on the estate.
Even though she admits to disliking bingo herself, she knew that in the past groups of residents used to play bingo elsewhere. So she launched the club – initially aimed at the over-55s on the estate - ensuring there were prizes and a meat and potato lunch available.
Now the sessions are so popular that there are regularly between 25 and 30 residents who turn up to play bingo – attracting a number of younger residents too.
Irene and the Micklehurst Estate Residents Association have secured funding for the venture through the council’s You Choose scheme.
It is just one of a number of projects and schemes – including an allotment scheme called Muddy Buddies - run by the Association in order to improve the experience of residents on the estate.
Published 14 February, 2013