‚ÄčOrganiser of Village Lunches for the Elderly Recognised

Organiser of Village Lunches for the Elderly Recognised              

This year’s Birthday Honours List included Lesley Munt who has been in charge of the Wednesday Lunch Club at Brockenhurst Parish Church for 27 years. She receives the British Empire Medal for services to the community after a staggering total of 34,000 lunches have been served to the elderly of the local village. Nominated by church members, Lesley said that she was overwhelmed and very aware that this has been awarded for the work of the team and all those involved.
The lunches started soon after the church hall was opened at St Saviour’s Church. They rely on forty five cooks and thirty eight drivers to provide for and transport those who come every week for a two course meal. A small charge is made to cover costs with regulars speaking about the joy that it brings them to get out and share a meal with friends once a week. It is all about community but depends on the commitment of key people and Lesley has been at the centre of this project from the start. 
Along with keeping detailed accounts and attendance records Lesley manages the volunteers and all their food and hygiene training as well as the health and safety inspections for the kitchen.
Lesley is also a founder member of the Mother’s Union in the church and has worked as an administrator for five different vicars over the years. Another role is as a key leader of the Little Flames service that has attracted Mums and Toddlers and nursery children to church for many years. This honour is a tribute to the difference that one person can make to the lives of many, many people and underlines the importance of the church in enabling communities to flourish.