A NEWLY-FORMED social group for older and retired people in need of company and a chat has thrown open its doors in Banbury.

The fortnightly group has been launched by Banbury United in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire and takes place at the team's clubhouse, known as The Spencer.

Some 20 people attended the most recent session after the group first launched in June, with more people encouraged to come and help make it a success.

The group is not football-themed and is open to anyone in the area, primarily those who are retired, who would like to make new friends.

Libby Griffin, community networker at Age UK Oxfordshire, said: "We were approached by Banbury United to see if there was an opportunity for us to work together to provide a service for older members of the community.

"This seemed an excellent chance to put together a new social group with varied fun activities using the football club’s facilities.

"I am delighted at how the first two sessions have gone, there has been a good attendance and everyone has enjoyed themselves."

Visitors can enjoy quizzes, indoor floor games, talks and other activities with teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes all provided by the club for free.

Banbury United has also committed to helping those who would like to attend with transport needs.

Martin Cantrell, the club's community director and vice chairman, said: "As a supporters'-owned and local community-focused club we are always looking to use our facilities and to provide whatever help we can with deserving local projects.

"This is an ideal such project for us to be involved with and we at the club are delighted to see so many at the first two sessions and all having so much fun."

The next session takes place from 10.30am to midday on Wednesday, July 19 at the clubhouse in Station Approach.