On 2nd September we hosted our annual coffee morning at the Bishops Stortford Methodist Church in the high street. As well as serving refreshments, we also manned a bric-a-brac stall to add to our fund raising efforts. As we prepared for the event a stream of
freshly home baked cakes started to arrive courtesy of our wonderful supporters which is not a bad way to start a Saturday morning ! A core of volunteers arrived the youngest being 10, and the oldest shall we say rather more than that ! Doors opened at 10am against a back drop of glorious weather, a perfect day for an outside sale. As a resident of Bishops Stortford I am often in town running errands but usually up against a time limit speeding from one shop to the next. It was a novel experience to settle in one spot for the morning and engage with the locals and town visitors. What a wonderful array of people came to support us from young and old; it was a real pleasure to engage with everyone and enjoy a chat whilst serving a cuppa or selling a bargain. There was also a lot to be gleaned about future developments to the town with many of the locals being very well informed on the changes that are on the horizon.
We are delighted to have raised £270 for our general funds. However, whilst this was organised as a fund raising exercise, equally important is the need to take these opportunities to interact with our local community. We are soon to be celebrating the 21st anniversary of the opening of Northgate End and as such have been a long standing presence within the town. These “functions” provide an opportunity for us to remind the people of Bishops Stortford of our continued presence and the work that takes place to support the needs and development of vulnerable young people in our town and the surrounding areas.
With many thanks to all those who gave their time, donated or supported us on the day.