HATS off to Janet and co

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

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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