Soup Club – Creating a community

Today is the 1st of March and so today our supermarket ban starts.  But as it is the first day I have not much to report other than I was not lurking the shelves of Tesco’s or Asda last night buying in supplies.  In fact I was rather proud of myself went to make the tea and found that I was missing a vital ingredient so changed to another dish without visiting a shop.  Even better no left overs enjoyed by all!

No I want to say a bit about Soup Club in our village which I went to on Friday with my son.  It takes place each Friday in St Boswells from 12 noon to 1330 and for a minimal price you get to choose from two homemade soups and a filled roll with tea and coffee and biscuits afterwards.  It all takes place in the church hall and is attended by all ages in the village.

When I first came across it I confess it was something that I avoided.  I hate going into places with lots of people meaning I have to be sociable.  I can do it of course and even indeed enjoy it greatly but it’s not something that I am known to be pro active at and unless pushed would stay at home as my husband remarked to me last night I am a wee home bird at heart.

However I was pushed to attend Soup Club by the people who can get me to do lots and lots of things I don’t necessarily want to do my kids.  So to soup club the kids and I venture.  I don’t make it often as it depends on whither I am working from home or not and if I have a deadline to work for.

I was though there on Friday as I had promised my son so re arranged the day so I worked later to pick him up from school and take him to the soup club.  Chicken and Rice soup and Carrot and Orange soup were on the menu.  We had the former with delicious filled rolls.  It made me reflect on what clubs and the volunteers who give their time gift on the community.  For kids they are enjoying home-made locally produced food and benefiting from this.  They learn to socialise with all members of the village young and old.  And they learn that they are important people in the village.  Equally it gives the older members of the community a chance to talk with their friends, get out of the house and have a hot meal.  Plus see the younger members of the village.  All great positives.  For mums like me its a chance to see other mums and indeed dads have a chat in the middle of the day.  And for all of us young, middling and old it’s being part of the local community and for me that means a whole lot and I don’t see it as a room full of strangers but a room full of friends in St Boswells.

So thanks to all who volunteer at St Boswells Soup Club and for your important role in building this wonderful community that we live in.


About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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2 Responses to Soup Club – Creating a community

  1. Mick says:

    Good soup and I will be visiting St Boswells in the next few weeks. I like soup!
    I guess most archers do.

    • Thanks yes I can recommed the soup and Soup club often welcomes visitors. As you know St Boswells gets lots of walkers on the St Cuthberts Way. Another benefit of soupl club a welcome to visitors. I can also recommend Mainstreet Trading for lunch and the Buccleuch Arms.

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