On Saturday 11th August we held a Paella Party for some employees of Imagine Cruising plus their family and friends.
The party was one of the two which were won in an auction held at The Springfields Academy where all proceeds were donated to the school.
All was going well in preparation for the event when we met up at Colin’s lockup in Bromham to load up the cars. However things became somewhat fraught when we realised that the address we’d been given was not recognised by our satnav devices as the house was a new one at the Tadpole Garden Village near Swindon.
This was further complicated by the fact that we didn’t have a telephone number for the contact person!
Nevertheless, we did manage to get there in the end (although not before some references to “it’s a bit like being part of Dad’s Army!” had been made) and, under the expert guidance of head chef Colin, we were again able to put on a great meal which was very much appreciated by all involved.
Thanks to the Imagine Cruising folks for their hospitality, and also to my granddaughter Molly for keeping us older blokes in order!
Through Devizes Rotarian Geoff Collins, Devizes Rotary have been looking for some time at ways we could support The Nestling Trust, a Charity established in Devizes to provide destitute children in Nepal with a secure and loving home in the Nepalese village of Sarangkot.
Geoff came up with the idea of running a Paella Party in support of the charity, and so at the end of last month that’s just what happened when around 50 people attended an event which took part at Mike Judy Gaiger’s house in Little Cheverell (Mike is a Trustee of the Trust).
After the event Mike wrote:
Dear Geoff, Jackie, Alan & Colin. Thank you so much for the feast last Friday. Everyone enjoyed it – we had nothing but the highest praise for the food.
The other great news is that even before the event, over £1,000 had been raised for the Trust, which, as well as building the home in Sarangkot, will also provide the children with health care and an education, and give them the opportunity to learn skills such as tailoring, computer technology, farming, food preparation etc necessary for attaining jobs in the future.
The Trust also supports programmes to provide basic health care and health education to villagers in the remote areas of Nepal.
For more information go to http://www.nestlingtrust.co.uk/