HATS off to Janet and co
There is nothing that Rotarians like better than rolling up their sleeves and doing hands on work in the community.
Rotarian Janet Cooke noticed older residents in her village had little opportunity to get together socially. Together with friends Liz Lovesy and Pat Bliss she secured an Age UK grant to set up the HAT Club (Holme Afternoon Tea Club).
Folks in neighbouring Conington were invited to come along.
Ever since then meetings have been held, once a month, in Holme Village Hall. Home cooked sweet and savoury dishes have been the order of the day with entertainment laid on.
Over 30 regular members have enjoyed BBQS (provided by Peterborough Ortons Rotary Club), visits to shows and pantomimes (partially sponsored by Ramsey Rotary Club) and a couple of coach trips. Luminus have given a grant each year to help support their tenants.
After seven years these three ladies have decided to hang up their aprons and hand over the HAT Club to a team of younger village ladies. But not without a final swansong and special lunch in The Admiral Wells, Holme!
Appreciative of the good work undertaken in their village, landlords David and Mary offered a 2-course meal at a very low price. Peterborough Ortons Rotary Club donated £100 towards the cost and five male members donned their Dickie bows to serve food and wine.
Rotarian John Pilbeam (St Ives Rotary Club) came along to play guitar and ukulele. After the meal John sang songs from every era and everyone joined in.
As the smiles on faces in the photograph show, he has always been a firm favourite.
HAT Club members presented organisers with M&S vouchers as a thank you for their years of service. A generous, much appreciated and totally unexpected gesture but, as Janet said: “The greatest reward has been the pleasure of knowing how much members have enjoyed these get-togethers”.
A fantastic day enjoyed by HAT Club members and Rotarians alike. A wonderful example of Rotary in action, local Rotarians working together to serve the community.
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