A CLUB for retired people in the south of the borough is to reopen again following the coronavirus lockdown.

The Prestwich and Whitefield Probus Club will recommence hosting meetings at the Whitefield Conservative Club from August 20.

The first meeting will feature a talk from one of its current members.

Jack Haggarty, president elect at the club, said he was very pleased that the club will soon be welcoming members again.

He added: "I am very conscious of our age group and so I went to the Conservative Club myself and spoke to the steward and secretary.

"They told me they had done a lot of work to make the club Covid secure.

"After a second meeting with our committee and several hours of going through all the details we felt reassured and so we are reopening on August 20."

To protect the wellbeing of members, in light of ongoing pandemic, the club has introduced several health and safety measures.

A meeter and greeter will attend members at the door and let them in one at a time.

Hand sanitiser will located around the club and the building will be cleaned and sanitised before meetings.

Furniture at the club will be especially arranged and must not be moved.

Refreshments will be served in disposable cups and saucers.

In addition, face coverings will not be mandatory but will be encouraged.

Prestwich and Whitefield Probus Club was founded in 1985 and is one of a number of branches around the country which aim to bring together retired professional and business people to pursue their interests.

It meets on alternate Thursdays at the Conservative Club in Elms Street and each meeting hosts a guest speaker.

During the Covid-19 the club has also been inviting people struggling with self-isolation to call them up if they need a chat.

Anyone who wishes to have a chat with a member of the club, or for more details about joining, call Jack Haggarty on 0161 7736856 or Christine Tomkins on 0161 7241136.