16 April 2024

Popular community friendship group returns after summer break

by Tim Nuttall

Following a well-earned break in August, Withernsea Methodist Church’s popular Food, Friendship and Fun event returns this week with a performance from well-known local folk musician Kevin Young.

After their successful launch back in April, these monthly free-to-attend social events have continued to grow in popularity – helping to bring the community together by offering attendees the chance to socialise in a safe and relaxing atmosphere.

They have also paved the way to showcase the talents of local performers, from poets to singers, who freely offer their time and expertise to entertain.

As well as providing entertainment, the Food, Friendship and Fun sessions offer attendees a simple lunch of soup and a bread roll, followed by a selection of homemade buns. While the food is free, an opportunity to leave donations is offered if desired.

The sessions build on the success of the church’s previous social café Flavours which, between 2015 and early 2020, offered its regular attendees home cooked food and companionship as part of a successful and well- attended community provision.

Food, Friendship and Fun events take place between noon and 2.30pm on the last Thursday of each month in the Community Room at Withernsea Methodist Church, located in Hull Road, the next one being on September 29. The room is wheelchair-friendly, with the venue also featuring an accessible toilet to ensure inclusivity for all.

Access to the Community Room is via the footpath at the left side of the church, which will be signposted on event days.

Meanwhile, the church’s status as a popular community events venue is set to be reaffirmed this weekend at a sold-out concert by acclaimed harp and guitar duo Máire Ní Chathasaigh and Chris Newman.

The event, which takes place on the evening of Saturday, September 24, has been sponsored by Withernsea Big Local as part of a bid to encourage people to engage with quality live music. Its support, following the success of a bid submitted by the church, means the performance will be free to attend for the 70-plus people who have been lucky enough to have secured a ticket.

As always, regular services continue at the church each Sunday morning at 10.30am.