February and who can believe it? Happy New Year to all of you we haven’t seen yet in the cafe.
I should start by saying a huge thank you to all of you who came and supported Oakbank School and their Carol Concert. It was lovely to see the church full of families, all having a good time listening to the carols. Warm mince pies on arrival got everybody in the festive mood.
Thanks to all of you who came to join us at the Christmas Fayre. I know Sue has an article in here telling you all about it but, from a cafe point of view, we were mad busy! If I didn’t get a chance to say hello or if I didn’t smile much, it’s because I was so focused on serving such a lot of you. I’ve noticed that, lately, the not smiling. So, if its busy and you’re there and notice that I’m not smiling, remind me. I don’t like looking miserable. Thanks. I really want to thank all of those who helped, particularly Sandra who has only been a customer up to now. She didn’t get away from the sink for hours, bless her. Thanks to June, Jacquie, Kathy, Jude, Rebecca and Trudi. To be honest, I’m struggling to remember who else - it’s been so long. If I’ve left you out, sorry but heartfelt thanks. Thanks also to Karen and David who did a mercy trip to Costco. They are fantastic supporters of Caf’ Active and I’m grateful. The Fayre was a huge success and helped raise much needed money for the church.
I don’t know if many of you have noticed but there’s a poster up in the church saying it costs £110.00 per day to keep the church open. And, though the cafe does bring in some income, it’s just not enough. Please don’t worry, we aren’t going to close but we do need to think of new ways to make money to make ends meet. So, any ideas or donations will be gratefully received!
The Boxing Day Dinner was an amazing event this year. We received so many donations. Helen donated after dinner mints and Christmas crackers, as she has done for the past few years. Thanks go to the Dexter Elisha family for the delicious bubbly! Huge thanks go to the Gough family for the vegetables, wine and festive serviettes. Also for helping prep on Christmas Eve - amazing! Thank you Karen and David for table prep and everything else. Thanks Margaret Finch for the gorgeous centre pieces that some of the guests took home with them. Adrian, Cheryl, Rob (Steve), Suzanne, Sheila and Linda thank you for your great organising, trifle decorating and waitressing skills. Thanks to Karen Eaves for delivering Boxing Day dinner to Geoff and Vera in Swallowfield. Thanks to Ian and Gill for looking after Norman. Thanks to Chris, Beryl’s son, for delivering Barbara her dinner. Thanks to Paul Willis and his glamorous assistants for putting together the lucky dip gift box. Thanks also to Lawrie for helping me with all the big pans and getting the church back to normal. Thank you all for giving up your day to help make Christmas special for those who may well have spent Christmas alone. Thank you all from me for making my Christmas wishes come true. Thanks also to those members of the community who came up trumps and brought extra crackers for us to use after seeing our plea on the local chat site.
After expenses, the lunch raised £320 for Oliver’s charity. For details of this charity, see the Chapel Lane Preschool article on page 67 of the previous issue or please call in and see the poster on the wall in the church.
Something to look forward to over the next few months includes the first bistro night of 2019 - Friday 1st March, St David’s Day, 7.30pm for 8 pm service. There’s a slight price increase to help boost funds - £20 per head for a three-course meal. Bring your own drinks. No taxi fees... If you haven’t been before, please come along to find out more and book a place at the same time! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Anybody interested in jazz? If so, come and let me know. I’ve got an idea but want to see if there is any interest locally before taking it further.
There is going to be a new style service on Sunday 3rd February here at St Michael’s. Starting at 10.30am, a ‘Cafe Service’ – activities, readings, signing, and a whole lot more whilst enjoying something to eat and a drink. All ages are welcome. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there. If not then sometime soon in the cafe.
Once again, happy New Year and maybe a resolution could be - visit the cafe once a month. Why not? Go on!
Well, I think that’s all from Caf’ Active for now. See you soon. Love, peace and blessings being sent your way.
Debbie and all the volunteers from the cafe x x