Holiday Kitchen took place over the summer school holidays at St Thomas' church in Garretts Green. The project provided for families with school age children who really miss the provision of school meals and the social interactions of school life during the six week summer break.
A group of five families met together on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer holidays to have breakfast together then plan, prepare and eat lunch together; and of course do all the washing up. There were also crafts, games and fun activities for the children and adults together. We had a taste challenge to see if we could tell the difference between brand leaders and supermarket own products and "the price is right" game.
We had baking sessions to make Victoria sponge cakes and gingerbread biscuits which everyone enjoyed eating.
A visit to Manor House Leisure Gardens proved very popular; we saw also sorts of fruits and vegetables growing and came away with some produce for the next days lunch.
We also made packed lunches and spent a day at Sheldon Country Park, a trip by bus to Coventry and finished with a coach trip to Conkers which was funded by AFIA (Away From It All). Also funding from Stechford and Yardley North Local Innovation Fund, Mums in Brum, Yardley Great Trust and Birmingham Airport made all this possible.
Adults and children had a great time, had new experiences and challenges including trying new foods and some good friendships were made; hopefully we will have ongoing contact through church and our regular community activities.
The Revd Susan Larkin