On Saturday September 26th the Parish held its first event in the Church Hall after its recent refurbishment and redecorating.
Following the 10.00 am morning Mass a group of ladies led by Christine Bodley gathered in the church hall to begin preparing the evenings meal. The new kitchen was full of bags of various vegetables awaiting preparation. The ladies set to with gusto and the meal was on its way! The Menu being prepared was a gourmets delight! Pumpkin Soup followed by Pork and Cider Casserole with Braised Red Cabbage, Garlic & Rosemary Roast Potatoes, New Potatoes, Carrots and Green Beans A sweet of Blackberry and Apple Crumble had been pre-prepared previously. Whilst the ladies were busy with their preparations, several men of the parish were erecting tables and generally organising the layout for the evenings event which was scheduled for a sit down time of about 7.30pm
After the 6.00 pm evening Vigil Mass some 80 parishioners began to make their way into the hall looking forward to enjoying a good wholesome meal and good company. Participants were invited to bring along drinks of their choice, wine, beer or soft drinks. Father Paul said Grace and then everyone settled down to enjoy an excellent meal. The ladies had to be congratulated on their organisation in feeding 80 hungry parishioners in a timely and orderly fashion.
During the meal Raffle Tickets were on sale and those present were very generous in their support of this as the proceeds, together with the profit from the meal, were to go to our twinned parish of Uchira in Tanzania.
At the end of the meal Father Paul initiated the Raffle and having announced the winners and distributed the prizes he then informed us of the profit that had been made from the evening's event. A grand sum of £670, which would be sent to Father Maningi at The Holy Rosary Parish in Uchira. Everyone thought that this was a magnificent effort.
Father Paul then thanked Christine Bodley and all of the ladies for the wonderful meal that they had prepared, together with all of those who had in anyway contributed to what had been a wonderful evening.