Diners enjoy a free lunch at Boston Stump

The team which helped feed people in the church for free. SwsKJihmVGnM5wWVn3AY
The team which helped feed people in the church for free. SwsKJihmVGnM5wWVn3AY

There is such a thing as a free lunch when you’re part of the community – Boston’s church has held its first community project which saw residents eating together in the sacred space.

The first Boston Connected: Community Table took place at St Botolph’s Church last Tuesday and saw 78 diners eat a meal.

This is exactly what the space of St Botolph’s Church should be used for. It is the sacred space for the town and longs to be a place of hospitality for all.

Rev Alyson Buxton, of St Botolph’s Church

Funded by the Church Urban Fund’s ‘Near Neighbours’ initiative, the project sees residents invited into the Stump Coffee Shop between 12-2pm weekly until the end of the month.

The Parish of Boston’s team rector the Rev Alyson Buxton said: “It was fantastic to see so many people gathering together for lunch and chatting with each other.

“This is exactly what the space of St Botolph’s Church should be used for.

“It is the sacred space for the town and longs to be a place of hospitality for all.”

The Parish of Boston is also asking people to bring along and share their favourite ways of eating pancakes.

Participants are asked to write them down and pin them on the board in the church.

Prior to the first event Mrs Buxton said: “We are delighted to serve the whole community of Boston by hosting the Community Table Project.

“We hope that through these free shared meals, and exchanging of recipes, new relationships will be formed with consequent opportunities for valued and deeper understandings of differences.”

Organisers also thanked the volunteers and catering team who helped out, as well as local businesses Tina’s Tributes for helping supply salad and Dawson’s Butchers for supporting them with meat.

To take part in future meals collect a voucher from the Stump shop during the church’s opening hours.

l Boston Stump is currently looking for people to fill in a survey on their Passion for the People project.

The aim is to develop St Botolph’s as a centre of heritage and cohesion and enable the telling of stories of Boston’s role in local and international history.

Visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/835GJ9X