Brackley group organises delivery of 100 meals to community with 'Valentine's Bangers and Mash' initiative

A group in Brackley launches delivery of 100 meals to older and vulnerable people in the community.

By Matt Elofson
Monday, 15th February 2021, 5:07 pm
Updated Monday, 15th February 2021, 6:16 pm
A woman who received a meal from the 'Valentine's Bangers and Mash' initiative launched by the Brackley Elves community group
A woman who received a meal from the 'Valentine's Bangers and Mash' initiative launched by the Brackley Elves community group

The Brackley Elves group launched in the initiative in partnership with Hummingbirds Bistro Brackley to help people during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Following on from the group's Christmas lunch they have identified 60-80 older people who would enjoy a Valentine's treat through Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service (Rachel Page) and Brackley Saints Community Project (Kim Grantham and her small team of volunteers). In addition, around 20 people who are supported by Livability in the town (Kim Grantham).

Kathryn Bundy, chair of Brackley Elves, said: "We have received a fantastic response from the community, enough to pay for all of the meals including a generous contribution from Sheena Croston, home manager at the newly opened Brackley Care Home. We also received contributions from Caroline Cares and many Hummingbirds customers."

Keeli Pennock, a pupil at Bracken Leas Primary School, helped her mum Rachel, who is a volunteer for the Brackley Community Saints Project.

Volunteers from the Brackley Elves group and partner organisations started delivering the meals today (Monday February 15), which included bangers and mash, apple crumble and Valentine's chocolate hearts.

Brackley Elves is a local community group, which includes teachers, graphic designers, Brackley Community Radio Team, Brackley & Buckingham Online Post as well as people from the Brackley Community Saints Project, Brackley Area Volunteer Car Service, Brackley Community Larder and Brackley Foodbank.

The group has an active group of around 1200 local residents involved. They use Facebook to help get their message out as well as advertising at the Hummingbirds Bistro Brackley.

People can check out the Brackley Elves community group online through its Facebook page using the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1032794893859023In addition to helping the older members of the community, the Brackley Elves are also a very family friendly orientated group.

A man smiles as he receives a meal from the 'Valentine's Bangers and Mash' initiative launched by the Brackley Elves community group

They have launched a 'Hearts Around Brackley' competition this week. This is an anything goes, open to all ages competition, which is running through Facebook web page. They are asking people to design hearts, from anything they have at home (lego, toys, clothes etc) and to post a picture.

Three winners will be chosen with prizes donated by three local small businesses.

They have also launched another competition for adults in Brackley called 'Lockdown love,' which asks people to share a new love or passion they have found in the midst of the pandemic for a chance to win a fabulous 'Dine to Door Meal for Two' prize.

The competition is being organised in partnership with local Brackley musician Jenna Honeo. Jenna has launched her Facebook group called Positive Vibes for 2021, which can be viewed through the following web link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/740993286503726Prizes for the 'Lockdown Love' competition are supported by another local business, Webster's Event Catering.

A man who received a meal from the 'Valentine's Bangers and Mash' initiative launched by the Brackley Elves community group

The Brackley Elves group have more community initiatives planned to help people in the coming weeks for the Easter holiday.

The spring logo for the Brackley Elves community group
Nicky & Tracey from Hummingbirds Bistro Brackley who helped with the food for the 'Valentine's Bangers and Mash' initiative they ran in partnership with the Brackley Elves group