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Lunch Club Tea Party

by Helen on August 16, 2013

It’s lovely living in a small friendly community, where in general people know one another and where we are happy to keep an eye on our elderly and vulnerable neighbours.  

One of the nicest community schemes is our parish lunch club (I would say that, as I’m one of the organisers!) where we serve a home-cooked meal to around 30 local pensioners every Thursday lunch time during school terms.  We don’t meet in the holidays as many of our helpers have childcare responsibilities once the schools are out – but we are very conscious that, for at least some of our members, the lunch club is one of their few social activities during the week.  To try to compensate just a little, we hold our annual Tea Party in the middle of the summer holidays – and this year’s took place yesterday. Large quantities of sandwiches were prepared …

Lunch Club Party

 Brown and white bread – Hovis of course – and three sorts of fillings.  The village bunting had been booked weeks in advance as it is very much in demand at this time of year.  Other, less well-organised villages, who haven’t got together as we did to make their own, queue up to borrow it for their own fetes and parties.    

Lunch Club Tea Party

And it’s so much fun trying to spot your own flags – at fetes you often hear “Look, there’s grandpa’s old pyjamas!” or “It’s a bit of your dress from when you were six!”  But I digress… 

Lunch Club PartyThe sandwiches quickly disappeared, to be replaced by home made scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.  

Tea Party

 The helpers are great believers in quality control – it’s important to ensure that the scones are just right!!

Lunch Club Tea Party

All the cakes are homemade, and donated by the helpers.  I made some lemon cup cakes, but they hadn’t been put out yet when I took this picture. Somebody was wondering how many calories were on the kitchen counter – I dread to think!  But all too soon the afternoon was over and it was time to go home.  It wasn’t quite the end though – I was given a lovely slice of chocolate cake to take home with me and I scoffed it last night without sharing any with Ben and Daisy – much to their displeasure!  Delicious!  Then this morning, some work on another project for the September Bustle & Sew Magazine … 

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Lunch Club Christmas Party

by Helen on December 20, 2012

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before, but I am one of the organisers of our Senior Citizens’ Lunch Club.  We are a team of volunteers who meet every Thursday to serve our members – some of whom are well into their eighties and nineties – a tasty home-cooked meal.  We have some very talented cooks, as well as willing drivers who will bring those unable to make their own way to our village hall, and helpers too who prepare the vegetables, lay and clear the tables and much more as well.  It’s a lovely club and I’ve made lots of friends over the years I’ve been involved.  Although we hold special events throughout the months, the highlight of our year is our Christmas Party when we serve a “proper” Christmas meal to nearly 100 people! 

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 Here’s everyone arriving – doesn’t the hall look lovely!?   I’m afraid I don’t have photos of everyone sitting down to show you as I am the Master (Mistress?) of Ceremonies  and was very busy with my microphone! (Yes, they actually let me loose with a microphone!).  But I did manage to video all our wonderful helpers and cooks when they performed their very own version of “My Favourite Things” – with apologies to Julie Andrews and the cast of The Sound of Music ….. 

Sorry it’s a bit wobbly, but I was holding my phone and trying not to giggle too much!!  We had such a good time – I always feel the Lunch Club Christmas Party with its mixture of young and old, volunteers and the vicar, carol singing, mince pies and music is the true beginning of Christmas for me. 

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