Tydd St Giles Parish Church offers food for thought

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Lunch will be pot luck at a Fenland church this weekend at a charity event to highlight the difference between western and Third World countries.

Tydd St Giles Parish Church is holding a Lent Lunch with a Difference on Saturday to raise money for Christian Aid.

Diners pay £5 each and when they arrive they have to pull a ticket from a bag, with the colour of the ticket determining what lunch they receive – from a slap-up three-course meal, to soup and bread and, if you pull the short straw, then just bread and water.

Church member Jane Melloy said: “Churches often hold Lent lunches but we wanted to do something a bit different this year. It should be a bit of a laugh.”

The lunches will be served according to global population statistics, with only a few people receiving the three-course meal, the majority getting the soup and the remainder being served the bread and water.

“It will be interesting to see how those who get the three-course meal feel about eating it in front of those who get bread and water,” said Mrs Melloy.

“We wanted to highlight the difference between the western and Third World countries. We are the winners in the western world; we take things for granted and have problems with obesity, and those in the Third World are the unlucky ones.”

Lunch tickets, costing £5, are available by contacting Mrs Melloy on 01945 840384 or on email at: janemelloy@talktalk.net