Beautifully prepared home-cooked food, lively chat and a friendly atmosphere were on the menu at the last St Andrew’s Lunch Club – held every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Some 30 people sat down to a lunch of chicken cooked in kiwis with new potatoes and peas followed by a lemon tart with raspberries and cream, a glass of wine, tea and coffee.
Doris Butterworth who organises the lunches explained “there’s a lovely atmosphere and it’s such a nice way to meet people.” The Lunch Club has been running for more than 20 years – originally led by Claire King and more recently taken over by Doris.
Len Avery, who has been going to the lunches for the last six years since becoming a widower finds the occasion an important link with the outside world: “I come for the company and a proper home-cooked meal. I’ve made new friends and it’s an important part of my life now.”
Eileen Galley, who has been going for five years, also finds the companionship very important: “If you live alone you can go for days without speaking to someone.”
Meanwhile Doris stresses that newcomers are always very welcome to join the Lunch Club (see below) – the only requirement is that you live on your own. Transport help can be arranged if needed.
The lunches are prepared by one of four rotating teams of volunteers – new volunteers to join the cooking teams are also always very welcome.
Contact Doris via the parish office or email