FOR the first time a group in Ludgershall opened its doors to adults around the town.

On April 18, Friends of Ludgershall welcomed people to give them the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.

The new group meets at the Ludgershall Sports and Football Club, in Tidworth Road, every Thursday, offering a range of activities, refreshments throughout the day and the choice of a homemade two-course lunch.

The aim of the group, which is currently applying for charity status, is not only to give people the opportunity to make friends, but to gain self-confidence and offer company to those who feel isolated.

Mayor of Ludgershall, Councillor Mike Giles, came along to the group for a ‘meet and greet’, finding time to talk to trustees and members.

During the afternoon, members joined in a relaxing meditation followed by armchair exercises.

It was decided to set up this new venture to accommodate the needs of adults in and around Ludgershall, especially since the closure of Kennet Friends, which worked to support people with physical and mental health difficulties

The group said that it has a “very open door” policy, and there is no need for a GP referral to attend the centre.

The group will run on Thursdays from 10.30am to 3.30pm in the Paddock Suite at Ludgershall Sports and Football Club.

All adults from the town and the surrounding areas are welcome to go along.

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call the Friends of Ludgershall on 07709 875220.