The men and women who tuck into Sue Dunne’s speciality, her “famous sausage pie”, or the roasts and home made puds, are not just there for the food.
Sue and Alan Appleyard have realised the weekly meals at Holbeach have become an important community event, and a way for some isolated people to meet others.
They know of at least one elderly man who was depressed when they first met him.
But he and the other regulars now enjoy a chat and a joke when they get together.
Alan says: “They look forward to the meal and you hear them saying, ‘Are you coming next week?’. They sit there for ages just having a chat. It’s all worthwhile when you see that.”
Somehow, Sue becomes aware of when birthdays fall, and produces a little celebratory cake on the day.
Sue says: “One lady had tears in her eyes when I presented her birthday cake. It’s little things like that that mean a lot to people and if you can make them happy and make them smile it is worth it.
“They chat and laugh and joke. It’s lovely when you have a relationship like that with people.”