MEMBERS are being sought for a book and lunch club which has returned to face-to-face meetings in Alloa.

The Gate Book Lunch Club is looking for a handful of fresh members, having kept going online while pandemic restrictions prevented meetings.

Meeting are held monthly at The Gate's community café with a different book discussed each time, followed by an opportunity to socialise.

Bill Gault, project lead for the club, said: "We are a very friendly, sociable group.

"It's not heavy, we don't go into great depths over the books, we just talk about whether we liked the book or not.

"It's a good way to meet new people."

The club is normally well supported by the library at the Speirs Centre, although members had to look elsewhere when the pandemic closed services.

Bill kept the momentum going with meetings on Zoom and the group has already met face-to-face once again.

He said: "We had the last one on a Friday lunchtime – The Gate have a special deal in their café on a Friday lunchtime.

"We combined it, all got together, had a very nice lunch and discussed our books."

Meanwhile, The Gate is also set to restart its regular monthly Lunch Club for over 65s.

The first event will go ahead on Tuesday, September 21, from 12noon at Ludgate Church at Alloa's Bedford Place.

There will be lunch and entertainment for £5 and Tullibody Heritage Trust will be along to provide an update on their projects, followed by a prize quiz.

Bookings for the lunch club are necessary before next Wednesday, September 15 and transport can be provided.

For both the Booking Lunch Club and the regular Lunch Club for over 65s, call 01259 218 766 for more details.