January has passed so quickly... it brought with it a terrible cocktail of bugs and flu. Lots of our volunteers and customers were very poorly but I’m glad to say that everybody seems to be on the mend. We missed Anne Egland, our Thursday afternoon volunteer and good friend, for about a month. We are all so happy to have her back.
Talking of having her back... Our good friend, Rebecca, has made her return on a temporary basis, on a Thursday afternoon. So, if you haven’t seen her for a while, pop in to say hello. She’s done a lot since she left, and I know how she loves to network! Rebecca will gladly tell you all about it if you call in and say hello.
Our little gift cabinet that used to get filled with goodies from the Beech Hill Village Shop has had a new lease of life. Sue has been keeping us going in gifts and jewellery, some of a religious nature. Joan has started to have a shelf for dress jewellery - beautiful turquoises at the moment. We have also just invited a local potter to display her beautiful pottery - such reasonable prices and gorgeous gifts. Please come in and take a look. We also have cards for all occasions. So, there’s no need to go to town - between us and Beech Hill, we have it all covered!
We had our first bistro night of the year - 32 people came to join us for a 70s night. It was so cold in the church that by 11ish everyone had gone home! Lawrie helped me in the kitchen, prepping, cooking and plating up. He even did mountains of washing and clearing up! What a star. Karen also shone bright as usual. Waitressing and generally spreading the love!
The next Bistro Night will have happened by the time you read this but the All Saints one is on March 17th. Dawn asks me, every year, why I always do a Bistro Night for St Patrick’s and never St David’s. So, I thought I’d cover every angle this time! My guess is that, if you want to come, it is never too late to ask about spaces. Just call in and let me know.
New volunteers have ventured through our doors again this month. Celia and David from Three Mile Cross. What a dream team they are. It’s so lovely to get the opportunity to welcome people in. I can’t wait to get to know them better.
So, when you come in on a Wednesday morning, introduce yourself and have a chat.
You may have noticed a slight increase in our prices… This is the second time in 8 years. So please look out for that and remind us if we forget! When you’ve been doing the same thing for a long time it’s easy to forget!
The Lent Course starts in March. Details will be in the magazine (see pX).
Talking of this magazine... Peter Ratcliff, who has been distributing the magazine to the people who deliver them, for as long as I can remember, will be leaving us in the not too distant future. So, if getting involved in the community is something you would like to do, then please contact the magazine (see pX) and let them know. You will be warmly welcomed.
Our Christingle service was fabulous! Sue Butler and the People’s Praise team did a magnificent job. It was great to have some children there, so, thanks to the Roome Family and to Jill and her family for dragging the children out of the house. The service was especially enhanced by Sue sprinkling iron filings powder over the flame of the candle which made it sparkle and twinkle – amazing! I did have to sit with the fire extinguisher on the front pew, just in case!
The People’s Praise team lead a service a month. Oh, talking about services, the time for the service at St Michael’s has changed to 10.30am. This has been done so that Revd David can attend both Beech Hill and St Michaels on the same day! If you do ever fancy coming along to a service but aren’t too sure of what happens etc, then call in for a cuppa somebody will chat through it with you. It would be fantastic to see you!
Well, I think I’ll stop there… There’s so much more I could say… but this is already late. Sorry Amanda.
Take care of each other and your neighbours, especially if they’re on their own.
Somehow, loneliness feels worse in the winter. Invite them out - bring them here for a coffee and cake!
Maybe, during Lent, as well as giving something up, you could take on doing a random act of kindness every day! I look forward to seeing those acts of kindness during March!
Take care, from all of us at Caf’ Active. See you soon.
Debbie and all the amazing volunteers xx