The Friends of Tithebarn annual meat feast

The Friends of Tithebarn held their fifth annual meat feast in the rear grounds of the Tithebarn rest home in Crosby. The meat feast is a way of helping to support the home by raising money to help with future projects by holding a social gathering during the summer. This year’s meat feast couldn’t have been more perfect; with the weather providing a beautiful sunny afternoon with the attendance again this year very well supported with around 150 people attending. This is the absolute maximum they could accommodate due to the restrictions on the space available.

The Tithebarn Committee members and helpers on the day

The Tithebarn Committee members and helpers on the day

The afternoon’s meat feast was started by John Stallard, the Friends of Tithebarn Chairman, warmly welcoming and thanking everyone for supporting the event. John then thanked the committee and the helpers for setting up the marquees in the garden over the previous couple of days, for their help with the food preparation and for devoting their time in serving the food for everyone on the day.

After John had given his welcome and thanks he introduced the first entertainment act for the afternoon, a band called Whiskey Wooders from Burtonwood, who played a selection of songs including local sea shanties and popular songs. While the band were playing their first set, the meat feast’s buffet was opened, with everyone able to dine on a vast selection of cooked meats, supplied and cooked by Graham Chambers, Ormskirk and Bootle Group Vice Chairman who was assisted in the cooking by Joe Williams, a member of Crosby Lodge No 3714. Many of the members of the Friends of Tithebarn had also prepared salads, jacket potatoes and helped to serve the food.

Graham had a selection of meats available at the buffet, beef, pork, lamb, gammon, chicken, burgers, sausages and salmon, with many of the diners commenting on the high quality of the food. This was followed by a choice of desserts including fruit salad and cream or homemade apple pie with cream.

Once the Whiskey Wooders had finished their first set, the first cheque presentation was made of the afternoon by the Province of Cheshire for the generous amount of £4,000 to the Friends of Tithebarn which was accepted by John Stallard. John then announced the second musical entrainment for the day, an excellent singer, Sarah Lowe, who sang a selection of popular songs, including ‘Those were the days’ a song which was originally recorded by Mary Hopkin in 1969 and ‘Defying Gravity’ a show tune from the musical ‘Wicked.’

At the end of Sarah’s set the second cheque presentation of the afternoon was made by Pam and Tom Croll for the amount of £551 to the Friends of Tithebarn, which was accepted again by John. This donation was raised though the plant sale that Pam and Tom held at their home a couple of months earlier. Also during this short break in the afternoon’s entertainment a raffle was held, which had many prizes, the amount raised for the raffle will be added to the total amount raised on the day with the final figure to be announced at a later date.

With the presentation and raffle being completed, the Whisky Wooders started their second set of the afternoon, which was again followed by Sarah’s second set, with many of the audience getting up to dance to the music being played by both acts.

With the afternoon drawing to a close John on behalf of the Friends of Tithebarn thanked everyone for attending and wished them a safe journey home.

Tasters of the afternoon.

Tasters of the afternoon.

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