The Chaffcombe coffee mornings, Oct – May, started ten years ago in Sept 2005 as a result of a chat between Sue Iredale and Linda McDonald bemoaning that it was possible to walk through the centre of the village often and yet rarely see any one at all, especially in the winter months largely because of the reliance on cars.
Back then, before the now frequent entertainment evenings of plays, concerts, whist, singing etc were even dreamt of, there were very few village get-togethers, the main ones being the Harvest Supper and The Plant Sale.
So Sue and Linda decided to give monthly coffee mornings a try even if only ten people turned up! Since then there have been 30-50 people attending and the rest is history! Susan Tye offered to help and bake cakes from the start. Josie had just moved to Chaffcombe and thought the very first morning started at 10 so arrived half an hour before we opened and ended up staying to volunteer for ten years!!
The original team of four volunteers on that first morning – Sue, Susan, Josie and Linda – continue to run the mornings with regular help from Mary when needed.
Susan’s homemade cakes have become legendary – her cheese scones and Welsh cakes are a firm favourite! Good coffee is also a draw! but we like to think it’s the friendly atmosphere that really makes the mornings popular.
We don’t run the coffee mornings in the summer as that’s when it’s possible to chat with people out and about, when walking in the lanes or over the hedge while gardening. Also it’s good to have a break!
The first Chaffcombe Coffee Morning of the New Year 2015 on Jan 7th was well supported by 37 villagers who donated a total of £133 of which £22 was raised from the sale of knitted hats that Sonia kindly made and donated to the Village Hall.
The next coffee morning will be on Weds 4th Feb 10.30-12 with donations to Somerset Sight. Please bring bric a brac or produce for the bring and buy table.
A warm welcome to all whether villagers or visitors from farther afield. Little ones are welcome as well as grown ups!