Wednesday 4th March was set to be another day for Talking Lunch, the regular monthly lunch club held at Sandford-on-Thames Village Hall. Our lunch club attracts older people and other local people who enjoy the opportunity to catch up with friends.

But at 8.30am that morning, the usual chef for Talking Lunch phoned in sick. She couldn’t bring the food, and thirty people were coming for lunch at 12.30pm.

Abi Johnson (Chair of Talking Shop) texted volunteer Anne Pitson who stepped straight up to the plate! They phoned Sainsbury’s Heyford Hill store, and Manager Gail offered them the chance to go shopping for free. Anne turned up at the store, they gave her a trolley and said she could get what she needed. A real life trolley dash! Everyone at Sainsbury’s was very kind and helpful.

The store provided potatoes, cauliflower, cheese, milk and salad for a delicious cauliflower cheese lunch. Anne had already made lemon meringue pies and biscuits to go with the teas and coffees at the end of the meal. So we had another wonderful feast!

All thirty lunch club members said a huge Thank You to Anne – volunteer chef for the day.

AnnePitsonTalkingLunchVolunteers make Talking Shop what it is. People do all kinds of things – from running the kitchen to baking cakes to selling eggs and bread. It’s a great way to get to know more people, help out and have fun.

We are now working towards opening a community café and shop during the week, and more volunteers are needed. You don’t have to be a superhero, just friendly and helpful, with a couple of hours to give.

We are running a weekday pop-up café in Talking Shop’s space at the Village Hall, Sandford-on-Thames in March – Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th 10am-12pm, Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th 2pm-4pm, and we have the Saturday Cafe & Market every week at the village hall from 9am-12pm. Come along to find out more about Talking Shop and how you can get involved. Or or call Abi on 07989 503657.

Pictured: Valued volunteer Anne Pitson outside Talking Shop, with shopping generously donated by Sainsbury’s Heyford Hill.