June saw the end of term for our Food & Fitness sessions: we had really successful blocks of Adult Cooking, Cooking Up a Story, Women’s Aerobics and Chair Exercises, and we’ll be back with more of all of them in September. We had a chance to look back and celebrate the amazing year we’ve had at our AGM on Tuesday 23rd June. After taster cookery and aerobics sessions, everyone gathered together to hear about all our achievements from the last year, of which there were many! We then had a lovely buffet lunch, which had been made in the taster cookery session – thanks to them we enjoyed delicious sweet potato and coconut soup, cheese straws, fruity flapjacks, and fresh strawberries with lime and mint. Yum!

Coming up we have our Cooking with Kids sessions in the summer holidays. These sessions – for parents/carers and their children who are 5 or over – are always really popular, so we are running six of them over three weeks to make sure everyone gets a place! They’ll be Tuesday morning and afternoon on 28th July, 4th and 11th August, with a free crèche for the under 5s. And then of course, we’ll have our annual Broomhouse Street Party – this year on Thursday 13 August, from 11am – 3pm. A jam-packed day of free activities and stalls for all ages including cooking, smoothie making, sports and lots more – don’t miss out! Also, if you are interested in being a volunteer for the day, we have lots of opportunities to get involved – whether helping on a stall, being a steward, or just a general assistant, we’ll have a role for you so just get in touch.

July is a quiet month for us, the shop closes for two weeks to make sure all our staff and volunteers get a well-deserved break. We’ll be open for business again on Monday 20th July and our shelves will be full of lots of lovely fresh fruit for the summer, so pop in and say hello!