extract from the front page of the February 2007 Newsletter
to a lady who is a regular at Friday lunch at the Old School, I was
shocked to learn that there is a widely held misconception about the
host of cooks, kitchen workers, waitresses and others who make It
possible for all the functions at the Old School to be held.
are not paid and, when asked how many hours voluntary labour they had
donated in the last month, a conservative "back of an
envelope" estimate was in the region of 750 hours.
It all began
with Joan Brown who inspired many other people to get involved with the
catering. Nowadays the four cornerstones of this mammoth task are the
two Joans (Cook and Brown), Ann Craig and Edah Joll.
they probably donate at least 150 hours of dedicated ‘hard labour'
every month. They are ably assisted by a virtual army of others. For
every function, after the menu is planned with reference to the budget,
the shopping has to be done. Some very accomplished cooks lend their
services and flair to provide interesting and varied meals Edah's
imaginative and spicy dishes and Ann's meringues and cakes are
to be set up each time (and tablecloths laundered), John Brown sets up
the tables every Friday -and then dispenses good humour along with tea
and coffee to the diners. Brian and Pauline Champness transform the 0!d
School for Jazz Night with their blue decor. Ann Craig and Edah Joll are
strong on colour co-ordination and presentation - and even manage to
provide flowers for the tables from their gardens. Jenny Llewellyn is a
classic multi-tasker and her boundless energy is harnessed into serving
the food and a multitude of other tasks. The washing up is carried out
with miraculous good temper and speed. Tables and chairs have to be
stacked and put away or set out in readiness for the next function.
glance through the diary at the front of the newsletter, you will see
that there are weekly Friday lunches and, every month, there is jazz
club, a community lunch, a tea party and the film club. In addition to
catering for all these, the Old School team cater for
Without the donation of labour, it would be impossible to provide all these services at such a reasonable price.
The kitchen is often regarded as the 'heart of a home'. The Old School Kitchen and all those who work in it are the life blood of the Old School.
The community owes them a large vote of thanks.