On Palm Sunday, a long-standing St Philip’s institution takes place for the last time. Caroline Hue Williams, who has faithfully catered for the Parish breakfast on the second Sunday of every month for many years, is finally hanging up her coffee pot and taking a well-earned rest.
The Sunday breakfasts were initially started by the previous Vicar and his wife, Michael and Suzanne Forrest, as a way of enabling church members to meet as a Church family, particularly through the difficult days of building works when the Church was reordered. Caroline and her band of helpers, including Jean McElwee, Joan Vassilou and Margaret Feast, decided to continue the practise during the interregnum and beyond, to the great delight of the 20 or so regulars who have looked forward with pleasure to catching up with friends in between the 8.30 and the 10.30am services.
Those of us who have benefitted from these happy and friendly occasions have been very grateful to Caroline and her team for providing a lovely respite and we will miss seeing each other over the perfectly prepared croissants, cheese, fruit and coffee. Fittingly, the last breakfast will be attended by the original instigators, Suzanne and Michael Forest, so do come and say hello and goodbye at the same time!