Day the military came to tea

Army personnel with some happy faces from the local community at St Nicholas' Church in Cottesmore
Army personnel with some happy faces from the local community at St Nicholas' Church in Cottesmore
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A coffee morning held in Cottesmore had a special visit from army personnel at Kendrew Barracks.

The 7 Royal Legion Regiment from Kendrew Barracks attended the coffee morning at St Nicholas’ Church in Cottesmore, on Thursday last week.

The Rev Marcus Purnell invited the regiment after being contacted by Reg Sergeant Major, Dave Hall.

Rev Marcus said: “I invited them along to the coffee morning so that they could come and interact with the local community.

“They didn’t know how they would be received by the community but they had a very warm welcome when they arrived and really enjoyed the event.”

People of all ages attended the coffee morning, including a number of families with young children.

There was lots of food and drink to enjoy, along with sandwiches that the military had brought especially for the event.

Rev Marcus said: “We even had live music on the day and both the soldiers and the community enjoyed the occasion. It’s great to link the village and the army base together.”

The church has recently introduced the coffee mornings, which the reverend regards as the ‘monthly cafe’.

They are held every third Thursday of the month and are free for anyone in the community to attend.

Rev Marcus wants everyone in the community to get involved.

He said: “We really want the people of Cottesmore to come along and have lunch together once a month.

“We provide lunch for everyone that comes along, including handmade sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee.”

The coffee mornings are already proving a great success with over 75 people attending on a regular basis.

Rev Marcus hopes that more people will be encouraged to come along to future coffee morning’s once they see how much this event was enjoyed.

The army personnel at Kendrew Barracks said to Rev Marcus that they hope to continue sending someone along each time they hold the coffee mornings to keep that link between the barracks and the community of Cottesmore.

Rev Marcus said, “It’s a great way for people to get involved with the local community and with the church itself.”