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Reading Room Lunches

(formerly Tuesday lunches)


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

July 2003

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 on billengland@btopenworld.com or telephone (01295) 760744.

Members sit down to lunch in the Reading Room.
Members sit down to lunch in
the Reading Room.
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.

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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.

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