On December 1st. 1993, we held our ﬁrst coffee morning at Stoke Hammond Methodist Chapel.
We had decided to hold weekly coffee mornings on a Wednesday to make regular use of our new kitchen, Vestry, and toilet extension. We chose not to charge a set price, but to put a bowl on the table for people to make a donation ~ we still have the same arrangement today. On that ﬁrst occasion, 15 people came and as it was close to Christmas we had mince pies to go with the tea and coffee.
The ﬁrst week's donations amounted to £6.35p, and although that seems a very modest amount, the money collected over the years paid for a replacement pipe organ for the chapel, which two of the founder coffee morning members play at Sunday Services, and now supplements chapel funds. We average about 20 people each week, but on a recent occasion there were 29 present.
Having put pen to paper I could almost write a book about what goes on at the coffee morning. It is such a happy place to be, and just like a family -- only we don't squabble!
Despite the fact that the Chapel is closing for Worship, the Coffee Morning will continue at this venue until further notice, we hope to find a new venue for this popular gathering when the church building can no longer be used.