Monthly Lunches Relaunched - posted 22 September 2004
The Tuesday lunches in the Reading Room, which Lyndsey Glassett established and ran so well for several years, are to be revived, by a committee. We shall do most things as she did them, but of course we have to earn the right to say we shall do them as well. We are operating under the auspices of the PCC, and protected by its insurance policy.
We shall begin on November 16th, and then normally on the third Tuesday of the month. The starting price of the meal is £3.50 and we expect that to cover all expenses including room hire and electricity.
We are relying on the people who used to enjoy these lunches to tell their friends who used to come from other places, and we confidently invite older newcomers to the village to make these lunches a way of getting to know their community.
Jean Spendlove (01295) 768196
Luncheon Club has been suspended due to the resignation of the
Organiser and main cook, Lyndsey Glassett. It was with regret
that participants heard that Lyndsey had given up this work,
which has been much apreciated by many villagers over the years.
It is hoped that another volunteer will be found to take over
the Club. If you can help in any way please contact Bill England
or telephone (01295) 760744.
With an interest in creating good food in a social setting, Lyndsey Glassett attended
a Basic Hygiene Course run by the South Northamptonshire District
Council. Discussing the possibility with some of the older members
of the village, she found interest for a monthly lunch in the Reading
Room. With support on the practicalities from her husband, Terry, and
offers of hands-on assistance from Janet Hall, Gillian Reid and Val
Ayres,she was encouraged to start in September 1998, and welcomed thirteen
members of the village to the first meal of chicken, carrots, peas,
cauliflower and potatoes, followed by apple pie and custard.
Members sit down to lunch in
the Reading Room.
By November, a committee had been formed and Lyndsey applied for a lottery grant for £1,400 for kitchen equipment and
necessary crockery and cutlery, that until then had been borrowed.
What great excitement to be awarded, in April 1999, the full amount
asked for, and what fun was had spending it!
The club now regularly caters for up to forty villagers, some of
whom come from Wappenham and Lois Weedon, and it operates a home
delivery service, within the village, to those who have difficulty
in coming to the Reading Room. It offers a choice of two main meals
for a cost of £2.75. Janet and Gillian have been involved from the
start and shortly afterwards were joined by Zena, Lorraine, Pauline
and Kate, without whom the club would not function. They are a loyal and
dedicated team, and Lynsdsey is extremely grateful for their continued
support. Meals need to be booked beforehand on the list in the Reading
Room. The menu is displayed there, too. If you know of anyone who
would like to join the group or would like a meal delivered to their Helmdon
home, then please contact: Lyndsey Leeden Glassett on 760695.