Give Grantham's newest social group a go!

Updated: 09 Jul 2021

Nottingham Trent Oddfellows is holding its first ‘Grantham Get-together’ this month, to give the town's residents a taste of what the Oddfellows can offer.

The meet up will take place at Grantham Tennis Club, Gonerby Hill Foot, on Monday 19 July at 7pm, and has an open invitation for people in the area to join them for a drink and to discuss future plans.

Oddfellows Branch Secretary Karen Pye-Smith, who already runs successful events across Nottingham, is keen to give people in Grantham greater opportunities to socialise, especially in later life or retirement.

A line up of 9 members out on a walk in a park on a sunny day - in front of a lake.
Karen Pye-Smith (third from left), hosting a recent Oddfellows event in Nottingham, invites Grantham’s residents to give the town’s newest friendship group a go.

“The monthly meet-ups will be very relaxed and they’re all about people enjoying the company of others with similar interests. We’ve plans for walks, quizzes, coffees, lunches, talks – lots of different, interesting things – which we’re keen to chat through in our first get-together, as well as volunteering opportunities,” explained Karen.

“We’re really excited to get to know some new faces, and welcome along anyone who feels they’d like a bit more friendly company. You don’t need to be a member to give us a go.

“Rest assured, our events run to Covid-19 secure guidelines, so just let me know you’d like to come along so we can manage numbers,” she added.

Caring for its members

The Oddfellows, a national friendly society with branches across the UK, was set up in 1810 to offer workers and their families insurance should they fall on hard times. Today, as well as offering opportunities to socialise locally and to volunteer, the Society continues to provide help to its members through difficult periods with care, welfare and financial support.

The Oddfellows also runs regular online social events that are free to the public, such as a Cuppa and Chat every Wednesday at 11am.

Who to contact

To register an interest in joining the new Grantham group, call Karen Pye-Smith on 01476 979572 or email

To search if there are friendship groups running near to you in other parts of the country, use our Branch Finder.