“It is my ambition this year to start a project in Knighton to help combat loneliness.”

That's the aim of Knighton Rotary President Angela Ellis.

When Ms Ellis read about lonely older people in the communities they serve, she was determined to do something about it.

To this end she proposed a monthly ‘Tea and Natter’ event to be held at the St Edward’s Church Hall, Church Street, Knighton.

The first session will be on Tuesday, September 5 between 2pm and 4 pm.

Ms Ellis added: “This event will be monthly to start with, but hopefully will increase in frequency as the demand increases.”

The event will be aimed at anyone who is experiencing loneliness and will give the opportunity for people to talk to others while enjoying a cuppa and some cake. It will be free of charge, funded by the Knighton and District Rotary Club.

There will be free magazines to read there or take home.

“We are also hoping to hold the occasional bingo session, a quiz, maybe sing-o-longs - or indeed anything that may prompt discussion between our participants,” added Ms Ellis.

“Together we can all contribute, albeit in a small way, to combat loneliness within our community.”

You can find out more about this event on the Club’s website or Facebook page.

There will also be posters and updates at various venues around Knighton.