Waiting list for popular new lunch club in Portchester

Meals are freshly prepared at the new lunch club
Meals are freshly prepared at the new lunch club

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Sarah Moss, manager at Portchester Community Association, talks about the groups’ latest activities

With an emphasis on healthy and nutritious food, all meals are freshly prepared and cooked using local ingredients where possible.

Meals to date have included fish pie followed by apple and blackberry crumble, lamb hotpot with steamed kale followed by plum flan, and home-made pumpkin soup followed by roast chicken and fresh vegetables.

Special dietary needs are accommodated as far as possible.

Prior to the tasty lunch, members take part in an exercise of the body or mind.

Activities so far have included charades, New Age Kurling, indoor petanque, singing and keep-fit exercises.

The initiative, which is in part supported by Hampshire County Council Wellbeing funding, also incorporates member training in nutrition, food preparation, food hygiene and budgeting as well as exercise delivery.

So it ensures that members become actively involved in all aspects of project provision.

For the more literary-inclined, this year’s National Write a Novel Month attracted modest interest but no writing marathons yet.

However, several people inquired about regular writing workshops and the Hub would like to hear from anyone else interested in taking this idea further.

We have also discovered we have a number of budding poets among our regulars, including a lady in her nineties intent on publishing her work, while at least two members already have full-length novels published on Amazon Kindle to very good reviews.

Another activity of interest expressed by some users is chess.

Anyone interested in helping start a chess club in Portchester is asked to drop by the Hub or contact them on (023) 9221 0048.

Alternatively, e-mail manager@portchesterca.org.uk.

n Address: 2 New Parade, 38 West Street, Portchester, PO16 9UY

PCA is based at The Community Hub in Portchester Precinct from where it offers free internet access, printing and copying, second hand bookshop, IT support and e-learning.

Funds raised by the sale of books are used to develop community projects.