Come To The Cabaret My Friends

Bury’s Cabaret lunch club initiative is relaunched as an anti-isolation project borough wide.
“The Cabaret Lunch Club was successful prior to covid.” explained its founder, Sarah Dennis. “Then it came to a shuddering halt. The funding boost however has made a big difference and we are now back on track.”
The lunch clubs take place in pubs during weekdays across Bury and feature a singer and a hot meal. Whilst those attending, pay for their own food and drink the entertainment is free of charge.
Sarah Dennis a singer herself, set the initiative up when her parents moved back to Bury in early 2018. Her mother Margaret is living with dementia and her father David is her carer. Sarah set up the Cabaret Lunch Club because her parents love live music and wanted them to have somewhere enjoyable to go during the day. The double benefit was that David had a day off the cooking!
The pandemic gave Sarah the opportunity to rethink the project and she decided to involve others in the initiative and turn it into a social enterprise. “It can do so much more and I think members should have a say in how the organisation is run.”
Now a limited community interest company, ‘Bury Cabaret Lunch Club’ won a modest grant from Bury MBC’s Health Improvement Fund which is being used to expand the club. “We now have seven regular Bury lunch club venues and are looking for more. Our pub managers are very supportive as they appreciate it’s good for business and great for the community, combatting loneliness and isolation.”
Michelle, Landlady of the Eagle & Child in Whitefield said, “The events have made an enormous difference to people, making new friends, enjoying lovely food, a dance and a sing along. It’s fulfilling to be part of something so special.”
For further information text 07788 673 466 to be added to the monthly text alerts or visit our Facebook page: CabaretLunchClub.

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