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Tuesday Lunch Club News


Thank You's All Round   - posted 20 December 2017

December 19th was the date of the Christmas meal of Tuesday Lunches.  The fifity or so people present could not fail to say a big thank you to the cooks who gave us a splendid turkey lunch with all the trimmings, accompanied by wine, and


members gave them each a present of Margaret Reardon's hand-made chocolates.   Jean Spendlove was thanked for the table flowers she manages to find month by month, even in December, and Chris and Alan Thorpe were given gifts by the cooks for their unfailing help and support.

Live music was played throughout the occasion, and later in the afternoon it was great to have a visit from the Helmdon School choir who entertained the audience royally.

Not to be forgotten is a thank you to Chris and Alan for running the Christmas raffle, which raised £185 for the Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service.  They wish to thank all who supported the raffle.

Cancellation Of  Lunch On Tuesday 15 August   - posted 12 August 2017

Due to significant maintenance work currently being carried out in the reading room we have unfortunately had to cancel this Tuesday's lunch club. 

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 19th September.

Please confirm your attendance with Angela or Judith. 

Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Judith Elkington (01295 760438)   e-mail 

Angela Goodall (01295) 760138  e-mail

A Very Enjoyable Christmas Meal   - posted 22 December 2016



Almost the final Christmas diary date after the parties, the carols, concerts, bazaars, Church services, the pantomime and all the rest of the Christmas events, was the Tuesday Lunches Christmas meal, and what an excellent meal it was, worthy of any top restaurant.  No-one could fault the excellent turkey meal with all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding and trifle, accompanied by sherry and wine.


Angela Goodall gave tribute to all the cooks and helpers and then gave gifts to Chris and Alan Thorpe who see to the chairs and tables each month and to the entertainer, Alan Lauren, and also gave special mention to Jean Spendlove, who unfailingly puts flowers on the tables whatever the season. Ann Smith thanked Angela herself who makes sure that all runs smoothly every month.  Finally,  Judy Cairns thanked the whole team of helpers and Sue Lidgley joined her to give them presents as a token of thanks from members.

Music was played on the keyboard throughout the meal, and after coffee members of the church choir led the carol singing before all the diners went home replete and happy to have been part of such an enjoyable occasion. 

Tuesday Lunches Christmas celebration

Sue Lidgley (left) and Judy Cairns (right) giving out presents to the cooks and helpers



Gladys Pomfret's 100th Birthday - posted 17 June 2015


Gladys Pomfret blows out her candles

L to R: Wiggy Smith, Gladys Pomfret, Jean Spendlove

                                                       photo: Morag Underwood



On Tuesday 16 June Tuesday Lunches celebrated Gladys Pomfret’s   100th birthday.    She  lived in Helmdon for many years before going  to New Zealand  to be with her family, and on her return to England some time ago she went to live in Brackley  and happily continued to be  a regular attender  of Tuesday Lunches.

After the usual excellent main meal, accompanied by celebration wine, Gladys blew out the candles on her birthday cake,  a delicious strawberry and cream gateau, which was then served to the assembled company.     New leader Angela Goodall  recalled the changes that had happened over the century since  Gladys was born and wished her well in the future.  Gladys was then presented with a bouquet of flowers and a digital photo frame.   In her thanks she recalled her earliest memories and proved to us all how sharp one can still be when one reaches the grand old age of 100.   She finished  by commenting that some of her happiest years had been when she had lived in Helmdon.

All the best of good wishes to you, Gladys, and may we see you at Tuesday Lunches for a long time to come.

                               (another photo in the photo gallery)

Farewell To Committed Tuesday Lunches Leader Wiggy Smith - posted 13 May 2015

At the Easter meeting of the Tuesday Lunches, Wiggy Smith stood down as Leader.  She was heartily thanked for all her commitment and hard work over many years and presented with flowers.


Angela Goodall and Judith Elkington are taking over the running of this popular monthly lunch from the May meeting. The list for the following month’s lunch is put up in the Reading Room directly after the lunch which has just been held, and taken down on the Tuesday prior to the following month’s lunch date, but you are asked to get in touch with Judith if you are cancelling or have forgotten to put your name on the list.

Leader: Angela Goodall (01295) 760138  e-mail amgoodall.home@googlemail.com

Judith Elkington (01295 760438)   e-mail  judithelkington@gmail.com

The 2014 Christmas Lunch - posted 20 December 2014

It was said last year, and it must be said again, the 2014 Christmas lunch was the highlight of the year of  the monthy Tuesday lunches and a truly splendid meal was enjoyed by all. The Helpers did us proud.  A sherry welcome, a  starter, followed by turkey with vegetables and all the trimmings accompanied by wine, then Christmas pudding or trifle with coffee and Thornton’s chocolates to end the meal, was an occasion it would be difficult to better.

At the start of the proceedings the Helmdon Clangers entertained  with a rendition of Christmas carols,  and after the meal the Key Stage 2 Helmdon School choir sang some of the carols they had performed with other schools in Brackley  a week or so before.   It was a delight to hear all the words so clearly sung  by an expertly   trained group of children.   Afterwards the Tuesday Lunches regulars presented the helpers with gifts to acknowledge the hard work that had gone in over the year to provide such delicious fare.  Lastly, to end off the afternoon, Ann Harman accompanied a selection of carols.  

Long may Tuesday Lunches thrive!

( photo of helpers in the photo gallery)

The Christmas Lunch - Highlight Of The Year - posted 21 December 2013

Tuesday, 17 December was the day of the 2013 Christmas Lunch, highlight of the Reading Room Tuesday Lunches Year!

We were welcomed with glasses of sherry, and then followed the traditional Roast Turkey, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, carrots, brussels sprouts with all the trimmings. Christmas Pudding and Luxury Lemon Trifle followed. All was cooked to perfection and thoroughly enjoyed by forty six diners.

After coffee all participated in the singing of carols, accompanied by Ann Harman, followed by the sweet singing of carols by children from Helmdon School.

                                         see the photo gallery

The Reading Room was splendidly decorated for Christmas.   The Helpers were:

Wiggy Smith, Louise Stothard, Jayne Brown, Diane Thorpe, Lynn Walmsley, Jenny Harris, Lynn Gartside and Debbie Rubino, Enid Kibble,  Veronica Humphreys, Kathy Quiney and Joan Morris.  Jean Spendlove, as she does each month, decorated each table with a vase of flowers from her own garden.  Jayne Brown and Jane Barnes made the novel table decorations.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the lunch a great success. It was a splendid event, enjoyed by all.

Short History: In September 1998, after an initial period of serving lunches for the ladies of the old Baptist Chapel, Lindsey Glassett started offering lunches in the Reading Room. Thirteen people attended that first lunch of chicken, carrots, peas, cauliflower and potatoes, followed by apple pie and custard. In 2004, when Lyndsey gave up as leader, that number had risen to thirty-nine.After a short break Jean Spendlove and Helmdon Church took up the cudgel, and today Wiggy Smith leads a band of helpers who serve monthly lunches to around forty people, both men and women.

Audrey Forgham




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