Farewell to Sandra’s Penpole Lunch Club
The Penpole Lunch Club was the inspiration of Sandra White BEM, 24 years ago.
It's home was the Penpole Community Room, The Ridge in Shirehampton. This much needed community service has seen many volunteers and diners come and go during these years. It also played the role of a social club to the older generation in the community, including the odd game of bingo.
Every Tuesday afternoon a two course lunch has been served from 12 noon to the diners. This is followed by tea or coffee and cake at a cost of £3.50 per person. However, with attendance dwindling and due to her own deteriorating health, Sandra made the incredibly difficult decision to close the doors on the Penpole Lunch Club for the final time on 17th December. Although a sad day, diners and guests celebrated years of achievement and shared good memories whilst tucking into the special Christmas lunch that was being served.
I would like to thank everyone for the many, many years of support given to Mum in this wonderful endeavour that has brought so much joy to so many lives but, in particular, the joy it has brought Mum. said Sandra's daughter, Tracey Zehtabi.
Rose Birch said
The lunch club has been wonderful for me. It's sad that its closing but Sandra has been wonderful. She can't do enough for us all.
It's a day out for me and I thoroughly enjoy the lunch club. I'm going to miss it but Sandra has been the top of the class. A big thank you to you and your volunteers. Said Eileen Allen.
The lunch club means an awful lot to me. I wish it could go on for another 24 years. Well done Sandra, you're the best.
Alderman Peter Main was one of guests who has enjoyed many lunches provided by the lunch club, since his first meeting with Sandra in 2012 when he was Lord Mayor of Bristol.
It's been a privilege to be here on Sandra's last day. The city owes her a great debt of gratitude for running the lunch club for 24 years. Shirehampton is a fantastic place and, week in week out, the lunch club has provided a much valued service for the older generation and a place to socialise. Thank you very much, Sandra, for your dedication during all these years.
Sandra's success with the Penpole Lunch Club will remain a testament of community spirit and what can be achieved on a voluntary basis. Enjoy your retirement, Sandra.