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Perfect Recipe for Success

A new kitchen that would even leave Jamie Oliver lost for words has been installed by the Trust at a community centre for older Thamesmead residents.

The Pop in Parlour, at Evenlode House in South Thamesmead, is a well-supported community facility for senior citizens which regularly welcomes more than 100 people a week.

One of the main attractions is its hot lunch service which is on offer every weekday and as demand for meals grew it was clear that the old kitchen had out-lived its purpose and a new one was needed.

The centre is run by dedicated volunteers led by Pat and Johnny Thompson. Johnny said: “Having a new kitchen was a necessity - we can't thank Trust Thamesmead enough.”

Pat said: “The new kitchen has made life much easier. It has created more space allowing us to cater for more people.”

Trust Thamesmead Trustee, Linda Portis who attended the launch said: “The Pop in Parlour has a lovely, warm and friendly atmosphere. It is evident that John and Pat have a real commitment to all they do here. They and the other volunteers work very hard and I have seen first-hand the difference the new kitchen has made to them.

“Their work is so very valuable to older residents of Thamesmead and I am glad we could help.”

John Boice (81) who has lived in Thamesmead for 31 years said: “I have been retired for 22 years and been coming here for 20. They cook me meals and I get to talk to friends and meet new people. The Pop in really is a life-line to me and so many others.”

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