I would firstly like to apologise for not putting an article together last month.
I’ve had several phone calls, text messages and visitors to the cafe to find out why. The truth is, I wanted so bad for my heart to be in it, but it just wasn’t! This month I’m feeling much more like my old self, so here we go…
I really want to thank Fred Lamb for sharing his amazing Dahlias with us. He has kept us going with the most beautifully colourful flowers. Fred do come in with Josie and accept a cup of something by way of a thank you.
We have some new regulars joining us in the cafe. They are fairly new to Spencers Wood and regularly attend the Polish Catholic Church in Reading! It was one of the children’s birthday and everybody enjoyed cake!
Iwona Pola Agnieszka Szymek visited us in the cafe for birthday cake!
Jean Paul Sonia from Hoorn in the Netherlands, going to Santiago de Compostela.
This is the second time we have been asked to put the first stamp on the passports of travellers going to Santiago de Compostela. These two were so chatty. It was extremely interesting to listen to them. If you want to know more about the journey they are on, then there is a film called 'The Way'. A particular favourite of Paul and Gill Willis and one that we watched on the pilgrimage last year!
Caf’ Active, once again, took part in the Spencers Wood Carnival. A team of extremely committed volunteers, led by Trudi and Karen (cafe), provided delicious refreshments to many visitors to the event. They especially had fun with the ukulele band. No strings attached. Karen and Trudi, supported by their husbands, shopped, set up and prepared the food that the cafe provided on the day. So much goes on behind the scenes that takes a lot of time and commitment. Thank you both on behalf of the community for all that you do and have done. Sue Butler and Gill also work incredibly hard setting up the bric-a-brac stall to help raise funds for St Michael’s Church. Thanks go to all of you who took part in whatever way you did.
We have a new sign on the entrance door, welcoming all. Please take a close look at it - it’s very funny! But it’s also very true.
Ivy and Matt join us every week after monkey music with Bazz! It’s always so lovely to see you both.
The lovely Rosie Anstice from Beech Hill who joined us when the Bishop came to bless the church. Rosie is sitting with Bella, my granddaughter, who was born the week before the cafe opened! Bella was a huge asset to the volunteering team over the summer. Thank you Bella.
Eva and George joined us on Eva’s first day at pre-school (I think it was!) Gorgeous children who are so much fun and a family who are so supportive of the cafe and community.
We’ll be having a Boxing Day dinner for anybody who is alone or lonely. Payment is by donation. We need volunteers to serve the food and chat to guests. There are already 8 names on the list. So do call in to book a space or call me on 07773 947 836. Thank you.
On behalf of the PCC and the Management Committee, thank you all for your support and commitment to the cafe and the community. See you soon. x x