by Shereen Devine

My favourite season has arrived, I love autumn, the colours here in North Wales are beautiful as I am sure they are we you are too, The nights are drawing in, but I appreciate not everyone enjoys the darkness at 16:00. We are mindful at this time of year to plan as much as possible during daylight hours.

When I first began working with the Community of Leeswood & Pontblyddyn, several people told me how much they missed the monthly lunch club organised by the Ladies Guild. The lunch club ran successfully for many years, until the members felt they would prefer to attend the club rather than arrange it. Unfortunately, nobody was able / prepared to take this over.

After some consideration as to how to re-introduce a Lunch Club we came up with the idea of possible having a lunch club in partnership with the village primary school, Ysgol Derwenfa.

we were delighted when 31 people booked to attend

I am delighted to tell you that this idea has now become a reality. On the 2nd of October, we launched our first lunch club. Due to the generosity of Newddyd catering and funds raised through Sunshine Cafe, we were able to hold the first one free of charge, and we were delighted when 31 people booked to attend. When we arrived, the children were brushing the school hall, making flower arrangements for the tables, and preparing the napkins and cutlery.

All the guest were greeted and shown to their seat. The children waited on tables and made tally charts to help with drinks and puddings. All guests received a personalised handmade card and had time to chat with the children.

It must have been good because 38 people have booked and paid to attend the lunch club in November

In addition to the general planning and arranging a lot of work from other people has made this possible, the teaching staff, the children and of course the school cook Auntie Julie as she is known to the children. As the school is small Auntie Julie has to have an assistant for the day, so a lot of people are doing their best to make this a success. It must have been good because 38 people have booked and paid to attend the lunch club in November.

In addition to all this excitement, I had the pleasure of attending our Rural Wisdom National Gathering in Scotland. I was delighted that Helen Jones was able to join me and two Community members; Larrie and Edna from Holywell. We were made very welcome and enjoyed sharing ideas and meeting our friends from Pembrokeshire and Scotland. Edna ended up giving Ruth a spinning lesson. Every day is a school day at Rural Wisdom!