Launched in 2016 Coffee, Cake and Chat continues to serve our community steadily building friendships, providing shoulders to lean on with lots of laughs along the way. We are now averaging 45/50 “guests” each month. Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits all served by Barbara, Chris, Joan and Sandra. Cakes are mostly home baked (with a little help from Hayley Garner) and sometimes donated by friends. We welcome anyone over the age of 16 and there is no charge.
We have themed meetings, Valentine theme, Easter eggs at Easter, strawberries and cream for Wimbledon for example. Spot prizes and raffles each month are provided by ourselves and each month we have a quiz which goes down extremely well. There is a used book table and donations are greatfully received although not compulsory. These donations are all used to the benefit of those attending and enables us to have our Christmas party.
We also raise money for a charity each year and since starting in March 2016 have raised over £650. Our first charity was Alzheimer’s in 2016, in 2017 we supported Macmillan and this year we are supporting Booths Charity.
I can honestly say that Barbara, Joan, Sandra and I get as much out of it, if not more, than we give.
Last but by no means least we must say a big thank you to Bob and Chris who provide the “muscle power” helping us to set up and clear away and providing lifts for some of our less mobile friends.