Plenty of Room at the Inn

Plenty of Room at the Inn

The spirit of Christmas was once again alive and well at St. Andrew’s Church in Hamble, where a band of volunteers opened the doors of the Priory Centre behind the Church to host a Christmas lunch for 40 members of the community who would otherwise have been on their own.

Funds for the event are raised all year at the Place 2 B “pop-up” café, which opens on the last Saturday morning of each month, from 10.00 to 12.00 in the Priory Centre. Further donations were very kindly made by BP, Cooper Vision, Hamble Parish Council, Co-operative Funeralcare and also from a number of individuals. The ham, turkey and vegetables were donated by Owtons Traditional Butchers and Pickwell Farm, with members of the community and congregation providing other necessities such as bottles of wine and sherry, trifles, Christmas puds, cranberry sauce, mints, crackers and table decorations, not to mention transport both there and back.

After a glass of sherry , a delicious Christmas lunch was served, once again prepared by the loveliest chef you could hope to meet. Our Steve is so calm and reassuring that one volunteer referred to working with him as being in Angel’s Kitchen. Take note Marco Pierre and Gordon, you don’t have to shout to produce meals fit for kings! And guess who made an appearance after the pudding and trifle? That’s right, Santa Claus stopped by on his way back to the North Pole, bringing gifts for all the guests. Then the revellers rounded the afternoon off with a medley of Christmas carols.

A big thank you goes to the many volunteers who helped with preperation, on the day and with the clearing up. There were so many acts of kindness from members of the wider community and the church congregation which made this such a warm, happy and friendly event, bringing so much pleasure to the guests who attended. We are also grateful to all those publications and organisations that help us with advertising.

There will be another lunch next year and the team would be happy to hear from anyone who can help out with driving, catering, sponsorship or any other support – and also from anyone wanting to attend. Why not come along the Place 2 B one month and talk to us. This has turned into a lively social occasion for local residents and passers-by, all of whom enjoy the home-made cakes, coffee, tea and good company to be found.

See you next year, same time, same place!

Sally Schofield

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