Chilli and ice cream!

We had another lunch here with some very happy customers. Who doesn’t enjoy an ice cream sundae? Especially when it looks like this.

We have had some lovely feedback about how safe and special Lisa and Toby make people feel when they come. Some of our customers are anxious about leaving their homes so it is a real treat for them to have lunch out.

Joyce with Toby at our luncheon club

Luncheon club update

Lunch went down a treat on Wednesday with some yummy pudding to cheer us up on a grey day. We love hearing the chat and having our cafe staff around and are looking forward to seeing them weekly from now on. Here are the menus for the next two weeks and bookings are already coming in so don’t miss out.

Autumn planting

Tom has been leading youth sessions outside awith our young people who have been harvesting fruit in the garden, weeding and planting spring bulbs in our planters. They have left hand drawn markers so that we know who had the “green fingers” and what is growing.

We are so glad of our outside spaces at this time that enable people to be together while maintaining social distancing guidance. Being outside in nature really helps with stress and anxiety and we have been blessed with glorious sunshine this autumn.

First short walk post lockdown

The sun shone and it was good to be back in the fresh air again with another socially distanced walk on Wednesday 9 September. This one was led by Roger with Penny as back stop and she came back to the office with a big smile and some great photos of the group in action.

Walking for Health is a great way to get some exercise and make new friends in our lovely town. Just turn up at the rear car park of the Civic Centre for 10am on a Wednesday morning. You will be made very welcome.

Deputy Mayor and Cllr Terry O’Neill. “A true friend and we count it an honour to have known him.”

Chair of the Beechtree Centre trustees and a good friend to us all, we are sad to report the death of Cllr Terry O’Neill on 24 June 2020. He moved to Whitchurch in 2000 and became a town councillor in 2012, heading up the Parks and Public Realm committee where he was responsible for developments in our town parks such as memorial benches and the extension to the children’s play area. He was often seen around town or in his “office” at Trevor Fowles butchers where he went for a cuppa and always at events such as Party in the Park and the Blackberry Fair where he joined in with the fun.

Penny, our Chief Officer, said he was a “calming voice at the end of the phone or a friendly face over a cup of coffee”.

Terry worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the centre and his working relationship with staff and trustees was full of respect, kindness and humour,” said Penny. He always made time for the giving of advice and was counted as a true friend not only by the Beechtree but also to its wider family. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

We are looking at ways to honour his long involvement with us and and will be in touch later when we have information to share.