All three churches in Haslemere, Hindhead and Chiddingfold parish joined together for the ‘Host a Roast’ event for the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Sick Fund.
The Parish Hall had been transformed into a French café, festooned with flags and with checked tablecloths and a tableau depicting a typically French scene. Eighty guests sat down to a delicious meal of Ardennes paté, Coq au Vin, ripe Brie and chocolate mousse avec Cointreau, all cooked and prepared by a group of ladies headed by Diane Breen.
Waitresses wore striped tops, neck scarves and berets, while male helpers sported a variety of moustaches and onions! Among other outfits, several guest appeared as characters from TV’s “’Allo, ‘Allo”.
Between courses there was entertainment from 16-year-old Verity Foster who played ‘Clair de Lune’ on her harp, and provided keyboard accompaniment for her father Jonathan and grandmother Fay in their French-themed songs.
A picture quiz sought the names of French celebrities, paintings, music and film titles, while, towns had to be added to an outline map of France. Instead of a raffle there was a donation envelope draw for a splendid French food hamper.
Throughout the evening bidders took part in the interactive Auction and tension was high as finally
four parishioners successfully won their chosen lots.
As well as being a most enjoyable parish function, it excelled financially, with a profit of over £1,300, excluding the auction.