FRIDAY COFFEE MORNINGS
During the spring of 2016 the ladies of the Craft Group decided to try and help raise money for the fabric of the church by selling the items they made, and at the same time provide coffee and teas for the visitors who regularly visit the Parish Church.
This started as an experiment, working at the same time as the Holy Dusters on the first Friday of each month, and because of the success the venture continued on every Friday throughout July, August and the first 2 Fridays in September.
We found that we were having regular visitors many who would, probably, have never entered a church. On some sunny Fridays we extended the day into providing Cream Teas in the afternoons.
To create more interest, and to involve different people we were lucky to have the support of members of the congregation who manned stalls on different Fridays with plants, toys, books, and Fair Trade items. The Green Team also supported the idea of fund raising and service. We were very fortunate that the staff and residents of The Lawns manned the tea table on several occasions, and Mr Eric Cocking supported the venture selling the wood crafted pieces he had made.
In 2017 it was decided to continue with these ‘Friendly Fridays’ as they soon became known.
The success lay in the team approach. Various stalls provided interest and income, the tea table laid with a variety of sweet and savoury goodies for which we asked only a donation was a great part of the morning, and more importantly it became very evident that having members of the congregation, who supported us, just being at the tables and entering into conversation with the visitors, made all feel very welcome.
There has developed a regular group of ladies and gentlemen who join us each Friday, and it also has given visitors to the church a place of welcome. So many experiences and ideas have been exchanged during these mornings.
This year the coffee mornings have really taken shape and we are beginning to have a team of people who are willing to be on a rota to help run the project. Our thanks go to the ladies of the choir led by Mary Whalley, the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Tavistock, the staff and residents of The Lawns; they have all provided the food and the help on certain Fridays. We are so fortunate that each Friday one of the residents from The Lawns comes to help man the tea table.
Our thanks go to everyone who has provided a stall, and helped us raise money for the fabric of the church. To date we have raised well over two thousand pounds, some of which has helped finance the Way Ahead evening in the Town Hall, and to pay the expenses for the Bazaar
A further development this year has been the introduction of poetry reading by Penny Wooley, supported by Sheila Wallace. Just for a short time our visitors enjoy a variety of poems, both famous, funny and those created by their reader. We are embarking on Limericks at present.
The mornings will finish at the end of November but start again in February next year.
We would suggest that this project is opening up the church to the wider public, helping to raise money for its fabric, and providing a welcoming place for many people, who live alone, to come and be part of a group. This we hope will be an ongoing and developing venture and we look forward to many others from the congregation joining us and supporting the work we have started.