Memories of “Smash-ing” hot dinners in Spalding

Cheers ' regulars raise a glass of sherry to toast 40 years of lunches at Spalding's Lime Court Community Hall. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG120912-347NG
Cheers ' regulars raise a glass of sherry to toast 40 years of lunches at Spalding's Lime Court Community Hall. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG120912-347NG
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VOLUNTEERS and regulars had a big celebration at Lime Court community hall for the elderly to celebrate 40 years of hot lunches being served.

Helper Jenny Lister, a former cook at the Spalding hall, said the lunches were started by Dr Charles Greig’s wife, Jean, in September 1972.

She said: “Frozen Ross foods were cooked on the premises and served with fresh vegetables.

“Tins of ‘Smash’ were used in those days to save peeling potatoes for 35 people.

“Ron Stanley’s late wife Mary took over the running of the lunches in November 1981. She was very good at roping in many helpers.”

In 2005, Age Concern took over the catering and the hall was improved and enlarged with a new kitchen installed.

Lunches are now prepared by experienced cook Sue Dunn, who provides a two-course meal with tea or coffee for £4.

A weekly raffle helps pay for a free Christmas lunch.

The club is run by volunteers and provides a friendly meeting place on Wednesdays for retired people from all over Spalding.