The Crooked Spire Lunch Club was started more than six years ago, following the closure of the village Post Office and shop and in response to a comment from some of the older generation that since there was no longer a shop in the village, there was no opportunity to meet other people for a friendly chat. It was initially sponsored by Age UK Devon but is run under the umbrella of the Parish Church, with help from other members of the community.
During this time we have served more than 1500 delicious home cooked traditional meals – including steak and kidney pie, roast chicken, pork and beef, chicken & ham and beef & ale pies, baked ham, poached salmon, fish pie and a variety of quiches, all served with freshly prepared and, where possible, local vegetables. The main courses have been followed by a selection of superb desserts (three choices each month!) ranging from fruit pavlovas, gooseberry fool, sherry trifle and strawberries with clotted cream in the summer, to treacle tart, rhubarb crumble with custard, steamed puddings and apple pie in the winter months. At Christmastime we pull out all the stops – the tables are decorated with crackers and we serve a traditional Christmas lunch of roast turkey with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding, mince pies and a visit from Father Christmas. We also have a free raffle each month and at the end of the meal we place a bowl of “Roses” on the table to enjoy with the coffee and tea.
The Club was never intended to be a fund raising exercise and we find that we can cover our costs by charging £5 a head – which we feel is very reasonable, considering the quality of the food we offer. All the cooking is done in our own kitchens; during term time Year 6 children from the Primary School act as waiters and waitresses, and in holiday periods there are always other people who are willing to step in and lend an extra hand.
New members are always welcome. There is no need to commit to attending every month (although we hope that once you have tried it, you will wish to come on a regular basis) but to help with shopping and catering, it would be appreciated if you would ring Gill Hucker on 01548 830407 if you would like to “give it a try”. We are sure you won’t be disappointed!