A BRAND new friendship group has been launched in Wrexham following the success of other similar schemes in the region.

Deeside Oddfellows, which hosts a range of affordable and accessible events across North Wales and Chester, is bringing its popular ‘Coffee and Chat’ group to The Lemon Tree restaurant so residents have the opportunity to meet likeminded people in the city.

The first meeting was Wednesday, April 17 between 10.30am and 12pm. The regular coffee morning will continue at the same time and location on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The cost is as per menu.


The launch comes off the back of similar events the Deeside Oddfellows hosts in Saltney and Llandudno, which have proved popular. Other events organised are a walk at Loggerheads on Monday, May 20 at 11am, a day trip to The Iron Works in Oswestry on Tuesday, June 18 and the Oddfellows Brass Band are giving a free concert at the Venue Cymru, Llandudno on Sunday, May 26 at 3pm. 

Denise Turner, Branch Secretary at Deeside Oddfellows, said: “We’ve a number of ‘Coffee and Chat’ groups which are always really well attended, with people from all sorts of backgrounds and different interests coming along.

“We think it’s important that people have the opportunity to get together and connect with other friendly people in their community, so we’re excited to welcome the people of Wrexham to this new event.

“We know a thing or two about friendship here at the Oddfellows. We’ve been supporting one another for over 200 years, so why not come along and find out all the great things we have planned and how we can help and support you?”

Deeside Oddfellows is made up of 490 mostly older and retired local members and anyone is welcome to join. It is one of 99 branches that make up the Oddfellows’ nationwide network, which is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the UK.

The society aims to improve its members’ lives through friendship and support. As well as its events, Oddfellows members can access a variety of benefits including care and welfare support and a travel club. There are also opportunities to take part in fundraising and volunteering initiatives.