College students bridge the generations to bring Christmas cheer - The Evesham Observer

College students bridge the generations to bring Christmas cheer

Evesham Editorial 24th Dec, 2019   0

STUDENTS at Evesham College proved Christmas is the season for goodwill when they invited members of the local community to join them for an extra special festive lunch.

The festive gathering, hosted by Evesham College, part of the WCG Group, saw students from the college’s supported learning and health and social care courses cook and serve a yummy yuletide lunch before putting on afternoon entertainment for their guests.

The Christmas lunch was held as part of a regular series of ‘Bridging Generations’ events, a joint project of the Rotary Club of Evesham and Evesham College which aims to connect young students and older people in the community.

The Bridging Generations events also provide an opportunity to raise funds for local charities. This year, a representative from a local foodbank was invited to attend the Christmas lunch and was presented with a cheque for £220.

Olivia Bridges, a student at Evesham College, said: “It’s great to be able to work with members of the Rotary Club to bring people to the college to try our homemade cooking.

“We spent a lot of time preparing the lunch for them – we arrived early in the morning to make sure their food was served to them on time!

“All of us have really enjoyed welcoming them to the college and we hope they had a lovely time.”

Students were tasked with drawing up a menu and then sourcing their own ingredients for the lunch, which drew around 20 members of the local community to Evesham College.

The guests were treated to freshly-baked bread, sausage and vegetarian rolls with coleslaw and sticky toffee pudding – all homemade by the students.

Louise Badham, head of department for Supported Learning, Re-engagement and Schools at Pershore College, and Rosalyn Lambert, head of health and education studies Leamington and Worcestershire, commended students for the hard work that had gone into organising and putting on the occasion.

The lunch also received the seal of approval from all the participants.

Evesham Rotary Club member Hein van der Steen said: “We were very pleased to be able to invite the community to attend this Christmas lunch and all of us would like to extend our sincere thanks to the students at Evesham College.

“We have an excellent relationship with the college. We love to interact with the students here and I hope that we also provide them with a good opportunity to practice their cooking skills and create a fun event for older people – it’s a win-win for everyone in the community!”

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