Helping to sow seeds of friendship

Helping to sow seeds of friendship

A local friendship group says it will do all it can to help bring people seeking company together.

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Oddfellows, a group of 400 mostly older and retired members who meet up regularly to enjoy events and activities in and around Kings Lynn and local area, is extending a welcome to anyone interested in getting to know new people locally.

“There are lots of obstacles that can get in the way of making friends, particularly as we get older,” said Alison Schultz, Branch Secretary at Kings Lynn Oddfellows. “Not knowing how to start or where to look is often the first and most difficult hurdle, so we want people to know that we’re here and will help to remove as many barriers as possible.

“We have a variety of events for you to try and a whole host of people to enjoy doing them alongside. There really is something for everyone.

“If you’re nervous about trying out a new group, many of our now regulars felt that way in the beginning. We’ll do all we can to put you at ease. You can always call ahead to get an idea what to expect.”

The group is also sensitive to pressures on people’s budgets.

Alison added: “We keep the prices of our events to a minimum in order to make them as accessible and affordable as possible.”

Kings Lynn Oddfellows’ upcoming social activities include Wellbeing exercises with Kate Lewis at Reffley community hall on 7th May 2024 at 2pm, we meet at Reffley every Tuesday at 2pm with Varies events.

The Society also runs around 60 online events every month which are free and open to all.

Kings Lynn Oddfellows is part of one of the UK’s oldest and largest friendly societies. It aims to improve people’s lives through friendship and support.

As well as social events, Oddfellows members can access a wide range of benefits, including care and welfare support and a travel club. There are also opportunities to volunteer and play a part in raising money for good causes.

To find out more about Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Oddfellows contact Alison on] or, or go to

The Oddfellows also has advice on creating friendships in later life on its website at, including a ‘Friendship MOT’ designed in collaboration with Chartered Psychologist and later life career coach, Dr Denise Taylor.

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