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Folk enjoy Lent lunch with a twist in Tydd St Giles

Lent Lunch at Tydd St Giles Parish Church, ANL-150203-091842009
Lent Lunch at Tydd St Giles Parish Church, ANL-150203-091842009

There was food for thought at Tydd St Giles parish church when people enjoyed a Lent lunch with a difference.

Diners paid £5 each but didn’t know what they were eating until they pulled a ticket from a bag.

Just seven of the 70 or so guests tucked into a three-course meal with wine at the ‘top table’, and 30 sat in the nave and had bread, soup and cheese. The remainder sat in the pews looking on, eating dry bread with water.

Church member Jane Melloy said the idea was to highlight the difference between the western world and Third World countries.

She said it was a great success and also raised £515 for Christian Aid.

The lunch was attended by Diocesan Bishop Stephen Conway, Archdeacon Hugh McCurdy, Rural Dean Matthew Bradbury and MP Steve Barclay. The Bishop, Archdeacon and Rural Dean donned aprons and served the soup.

“All the food was donated so all the money went to charity,” said Mrs Melloy.


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