Deaf Action Group

The Deaf Action Group meet weekly on Thursdays.
We have our own Committee which organises activities including the following
(pop in and see us for more information):

  • digital photography
  • computer studies
  • sewing
  • jewellery and card making
  • indoor bowling, dominos, cards, etc.
  • outings and trips throughout the year

Janet Heal

Janet HealJanet Heal was our main cook and dinner lady at our Luncheon club at the Deaf Centre. She previously worked for "Age Concern" at Mea House in the city of Newcastle. Then she worked part-time at Blackfriars Centre for a few years, before coming to work at Our Lady of Lourdes Deaf Centre for 6 years.

Judith Audrey Pat and JanetJanet had a team of volunteers working for her - one of them was her sister Judith - and two other volunteers, Audrey and Pat. They were a great bunch of happy dinner ladies. Janet was very thoughtful in many ways, for example, she made a questionnaire for luncheon people to see what they preferred or disliked on the menus, she also gave her mobile number to people to text and let her know if they were coming to lunch or not. They also catered for the Social Club, Pastoral Group and Deaf Action Group events, they were very well organised especially Christmas dinners and parties, the food, preparation and lay out were always first class. They also did Barbeques in summer. Not only that, Janet and her volunteers made Christmas and Easter gifts for us to take home to remember and enjoy the parties.

Sadly, on 21st December 2017, Janet and her team prepared Christmas buffet for the last time after six happy years. We are going to miss them so much and we all wish them a very happy retirement. They will not be forgotten.

Iris Luke (Administrator retired)

Goodbye to our 4 lovely ladies

We are sad to announce that we will no longer have Janet Heal, our cook, and her team of ladies on Thursdays.

CakeJanet lives in Dumfries (Scotland). She and the ladies have come without fail in all kinds of weather to the Deaf Centre to make delicious four-course meals for the Lunch Club.

Now after 6 years Janet has found the travelling from Dumfries to Newcastle Deaf Club each way too much for her.

At the buffet held in their honour Iris Luke presented the ladies with a beautiful cake adorned with four ladies on top (see photo). Luncheon Club / Deaf Action Group gave each lady a bouquet of flowers and vouchers for Afternoon tea. We will truly miss our awesome ladies. We will remember their cheerfulness, patience and thank them for their support and kindness to us all. We wish them a well-deserved rest, and to enjoy time with their families.

Marie Callender (Deaf Action Group Secretary)

Luncheon Club

The Luncheon Club is still popular among some DAG members who attend every Thursday at the Deaf Centre, especially having a chat to catch up on the news and having a laugh with friends. £5 for a 3 course meal. We open at 10.30am till 2.20pm; lunch served at 12.00 noon.


  • Auntie Annie's Minestrone Soup
  • Shepherd's Pie with Seasonable Vegetables
    (Vegetarian option: Roast Vegetable Pasta)
  • Cheesecake
  • Tea & Coffee

All dishes freshly prepared on site.

(Vegan and Gluten Free available by arrangement, please email or telephone on 07976 405 721.)

Sewing Class - Making The Wall Hanging "In bread we bring you Lord our body’s labour"

The wall hanging of the wheat crops is now finished. The work is all hand-sewn - what a wonderful achievement to have made this for our first large project!

Completed Wheat Banner

The design we chose was inspired by one of Joe Drummond’s creations – one of the stained-glass windows in the chapel, shown here in the photograph on the left.

The banner of the wheat crops shown here on the right is almost identical to the stained-glass window.

In bread we bring you Lord our body’s labour.

Sewing Group and BSL interpreter

This photo shows the DAG Sewing Group preparing the banner with tutor Sarah Hall, and Miriam Davies as Communicator.

Presenting Sarah with a bouquet

The sewing class and Marie Callender presented the tutor, Sarah Hall, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from all the students, to thank Sarah for her contribution and teaching on making the banner of the wheat crops.

Signing the visitors bookSarah signing the visitors bookSome of the sewing group and their supporters signed the visitors' book at the chapel, on the left you can see Moira signing the visitors’ book with Miriam Thompson and Rachael Bell looking on.

And on the right you can see Sarah signing the visitors' book with the beautiful banner behind her.


The Sewing Class It was an exciting moment when we watched the banner being put up.

This photo shows the sewing class and their friends showing off the banner that they made at the Deaf Centre.

The banner is now hanging in its rightful place at the back of the chapel.