We’ve had loads of special guests to Abbey in the past few weeks so here is an update of all the events and activities we’ve been enjoying so far this summer.
We kicked off July with a visit from our local PC, Mick, PCSO Sham and Liz from Trading Standards during our Friday coffee morning. They gave us lots of useful info about doorstep scams and bogus callers, which helped everyone to feel less wary about being alone in the house and having unwelcome guests.
We’ve also had lots of new faces at coffee morning itself which has been lovely. Harriet from Ageing Better in Camden also popped by to hear more about everything we’ve got going on at the centre at the moment.
Sadly we also said farewell to Jenny, our wonderful cook (bottom left pic) at Saturday Cafe, who is leaving to pursue her own social enterprise projects. She also already works full-time (!) so it’s been amazing that she’s been able to bring her creativity, warmth and cooking prowess to the cafe for the first year of the project. Thank you Jenny for all of your hard work. (This means we’re hiring – check it out)
Big thanks to everyone who has been helping to keep our garden lovely during these hot dry weeks. A few new volunteers there too.
We also had volunteers from our local M&S (plus a much-needed £500 donation) to help out in the garden and at Tech Buddies, thanks to Neighbourly. They had a great time with our seasoned gardeners Violet and Maria-Elena showing them the ropes.
Saturdays at Abbey have also been buzzing as always. The amazing Elderly Brothers came to perform for us for the second time, and our Tech Buddies team have been assisting local over 60s with everything from visiting the council website to buying their first smart phone.
And our Saturday cafe volunteers have kept churning out the most delicious things in the kitchen. Look at those meringues (bottom centre)… we really will miss you, Jenny!
Lastly we’d like to thank our local Wates team, who swung by to drop off a £500 cheque the other week towards the costs of our Neighbours2Friends programme. We are very grateful; these are testing times financially and we are needing more funding all the time just to keep the centre running, so it is much appreciated.
Big thanks to everyone who has visited us, given talks, donated, volunteered so far this summer. We couldn’t do any of this without you!
Stay tuned for more updates about our new Colouring Calm club, Re-cycle-art and our recent bookswap. Until then…