On Wednesday, October 25, around 40 members met at the Old Chapel in Frog Street to take the lift or the beautiful curved staircase to the upper floor. 

There Ian Rees gave a very informative talk about the history of the Chapel, back to when it was called the Railways Chapel. It then became the Presbyterian Chapel. 

After that it turned into children’s play centre Ocean Commotion, until Ian and Rebecca Rees bought it for a Community Chapel. It took a while for the upper floor to be built but the marvellous building has now a community coffee shop, and a book shop, on the ground floor, with the chapel upstairs, which in turn is also used for many things such as a toddlers play group, and school holiday Bible play groups.

Ian and Rebecca also encouraged the Community Fridge, became part of PATCH, and look out for lonely, lost folk. 

The Friendship Club finished the afternoon with a lovely afternoon tea including homemade cakes by Ian and Rebecca. Some members are already regulars and others had never been before. Coffee tea, sandwiches and soup at lunch time are free but the donation box is well used.

Last week there was no meeting as it was a school holiday. Today’s meeting, Wednesday November 8, is at 2pm in Augustus Place Hall and the speaker is Jack Gradidge, to talk about Folly Farm’s Conservation. 

Next meeting on November 15, Vicky will talk about English and stories. Board games will also be available to play. Club members might even show Vicky how to play Kurling!