Why reinvent the wheel when it has been done for me… (plus I have been itching to use the ‘repost’ button that the WordPress people have recently introduced!)
This video tells of recent events at St Mary’s Respite Centre in Walthamstow (see my previous post #AWESOMESTOW) have this week made the front page of our local paper, the Waltham Forest Guardian. Sadly it is all over now, with a BBQ on the final evening which we missed as it was our 25th wedding anniversary.
It will be interesting to see if anything further grows from the goodwill and community spirit generated by local people. Well done anyone and everyone who cooked or bought or helped in any way!
Community events continue in Waltham Forest with the E17 Art Trail from 2-11 Sept 2011 and various venues in the area open their doors for London Open House weekend (17 & 18 September). St Mary’s church in Walthamstow village is involved in both of these events. During the E17 Art Trail (on 3 & 4 and 10 & 11 September) there will be 4 art installations to view, including a community art project focussing on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible as well as a chance to look round the ancient building. The church is also open for visitors to come and look round on Open House weekend with additionally, weather permitting, guided tours of the tour and bells. The view from the roof is wonderful – look across to the Olympic site and see how much it has grown in the past year!
No cooking in this post – apologies to my regular readers! You can read normalgirl’s post about St Mary’s Respite Centre below… thank you Sonia!
via Just a normal girl in London
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Here in #Awesomestow Walthamstow we have no rioting but lots of hungry police around keeping the peace. The @StMarysRespite centre has been up and running at St Marys Welcome Centre in Walthamstow Village for days providing drinks, hot meals and oodles of cake. … and it is fun to be part of, such good fun!
Read postordinandy on how the centre started…
Read what another helper ‘normalinlondon’ has written…
See pictures by Martin and Kate including some more of the comment cards from our ‘clients’.
There is wonderful community spirit – a really good mix of local people and not just church members. The current plan is for the centre to run until Tuesday this week (16th)…
There is cooking of a sort to write about too, after all this is technically a cooking blog… We are getting lots of food donations from the community which is fantastic though an interesting selection. Yesterday I concocted a veggie pasta bake with cooked pasta (of course!) mixed with two tins of Heinz soup (one vegetable and one lentil), 2 tins tomatoes, 3 small tins of peas, a tin of baked beans and topped it with grated cheese – quick and simple and I understood it actually wasn’t too bad (I was a bit worried about putting in the soups).
Today a friend gave me a large bag of windfall apples and we have more blackberries in the garden than I know what to do with! so on the menu tonight: Blackberry & Apple Sponge – tomorrow: Blackberry & Apple Crumble…
Now, what to do with 4 packets of supernoodles (all different flavours) and a small tin of French (Leclerc Eco brand) pate………? Suggestions gratefully received… Think of it as the Masterchef invention test!
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