Ox Friendship Lunches

The Friendship Lunches continue to grow and we are delighted how popular they are. Whether you come on your own, with a friend or as part of a group, everyone is welcome!
Initially run alongside the Yorkshire Post’s loneliness campaign, the monthly get-togethers at the Ox aim to reach out to those in the community who feel lonely or may not get out of the house very often.

The lunches take place on the second Monday of the month.

Our Christmas Lunch in December is always special, and this year we’re delighted to welcome back some of the pupils from Crayke Primary with their Headmaster to start the lunch with some Christmas carols.  It’s a highlight for us having them join us and we’re delighted that they’ve made it part of their Christmas traditions too.

Launched in February 2015, the initial lunches, which were supported by local parish councils, groups and charities including Age UK remain as popular as ever. The pub’s owners, Michael and Sasha Ibbotson believed that the social practice of sharing a meal could be a “doorstep to friendship” for people who might not have the chance to get out very often, and they have been delighted with the continuing success of the events.

Michael said: “A lot of initiatives like this lose momentum, but this never has – we consistently get new people coming along, and they are constantly busy. “We see a lot of the same faces each month, but what they seem to like is that we mix everyone up on long tables so they can meet new people. “The lovely thing about the Friendship Lunch is that it is just that – it’s about friendship. People like to get together and have a natter.”

We will offer good company, good food and the chance to meet new friends or catch up with old ones.


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