MEMBERS of an Aberystwyth Parish gathered together over the weekend for a social event while having a huge selection of delicious dishes to dine with.
‘The Taste of the Parish’ event, held at St. Padarn’s Catholic Primary school last Saturday (Sept 16), brought many parishioners of the Catholic parish of Aberystwyth together for an evening of laughter and an opportunity to get know one another over tasty home-cooked food.
Parishioners were invited to attend the delightful event with their favourite home-cooked cuisine, with those willing to participate having the chance to win a special prize for the ‘Best Dish’.
The wide selection of homemade local and international dishes included pizza, sandwiches, chicken curry, cheesecake, and sweet treats to satisfy everyone.
Kevin McMulkin, one of the organisers and a member of the parish, told The Herald: “Gina Callanan and I had the idea of hosting a ‘bring and share’ style event in St Padarns School Hall with the aim of bringing people together and strengthening our parish community.
“We thought it would be something fun and a good chance for people to reunite with each other since so many of our congregation have been away on holiday during the summer months.
“We also thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know more people within our congregation.
“I think there is a tendency in the parish and indeed in all walks of life for people to stay in their own friendship groups and not meet new people unless an opportunity arises. So we thought why don’t we create that opportunity?”
He added: “We also decided we wanted to go further, instead of it being just a ‘bring and share’ event it could be an opportunity for parishioners to bring and share their favourite dishes and it might give them a chance to share recipes, ideas and hopefully to create friendships and strengthen others.
“We are extremely lucky to have such an ethnically diverse parish in Aberystwyth, one that reflects the diverse nature of the Catholic Church throughout the world. We thought we could tap into this too and have a wide range of local and international dishes for people to sink their teeth into!
“So we advertised in the parish newsletter and by word of mouth, although I have to be honest I didn’t think anyone would be there.
“Events such as these are difficult to gauge, will people want to come? Will they have other plans and not be able to attend? You really have to hope for the best. From the way the event went all our preparation seemed to have pulled off.
“A good number of people attended, around forty (which is great for the time of day and considering how changeable the weather has been lately) and we were blessed with a wide range of dishes with delicious cheesecake, quiche-lorraine, homemade pizza and various other nibbles.
“We also had a homemade curry dish from one of our Indian parishioners that really hit the spot and some other dishes that will feature in an upcoming parish cookbook. At the same time as we were feasting some people decided to add to the atmosphere by playing traditional Irish music; it became as much the organisers event as those that attended, which is really what you want!”
Kevin concluded by telling The Herald: “Originally we had planned for the event to be a contest where parishioners could battle it out to see who had the best dish; but after things got going we felt that this wasn’t needed and that people were already having fun sharing food and enjoying each others company.
“I have to say the evening went really well and was genuinely enjoyable. I felt we made good use of the opportunity to combine our parishes’ varied culture and varied food, to create something memorable.
“We are even hoping to hold it more regularly, perhaps even bi-monthly if parishioners are interested and invite not only those within the congregation but people from the local area”.
Time given to develop Parc Natur Penglais
VOLUNTEERS, including students, have given around 500 hours of their time to develop Parc Natur Penglais.
Along with support from Ceredigion County Council, the Group have built around 100 steps in 5 different places which has made the park a great place to walk, play and enjoy around a number of safe paths.
Councillor Mark Strong said: “Knowing that we have the support of the local community makes such a difference to peoples’ enthusiasm and having the grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, Cambrian News and Tesco made it possible. Volunteers can make a relatively small sum of money go long way.”
RSPCA aim for Christmas number one
MUSIC fans across Wales can help the RSPCA secure the Christmas number one slot, and provide vital support for animals in need across the country.
The animal welfare charity has thrown its hat into the ring to claim the festive chart accolade – as up-and-coming singer Lucy Ellie covers Simply Red’s hit song ’Stars’ in aid of the RSPCA.
‘Stars’ is the soundtrack to the charity’s ‘Kindness at Christmas’ video, which has already gone viral with over two million views online across a variety of platforms.
The tear-jerking video tells the story of Woody the Christmas toy pup who who is thrown out with the rubbish before being rescued and taken in for care by the RSPCA.
Proceeds from the single are being donated to the RSPCA to help in their work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming thousands of animals every year.
RSPCA Cymru is again bracing itself for a busy festive period. In December 2016 and January 2017 alone, in Wales, 5,932 incidents were reported to the RSPCA – with 141 of these on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Lucy Ellie Cooper, who works at the charity, said: “This was a lovely opportunity for me to combine my two loves – animals and music.
“Outside of my job at the RSPCA I am a country music singer and songwriter, so when the chance came up to record such a fantastic and well-known song for the charity’s Christmas video, I jumped at it. I really hope people will take Woody’s story into their hearts and support the RSPCA this winter.”
You can help the RSPCA rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in desperate need of care, and support the charity’s ‘kindness’ campaign online
Charity games raise over £2000
NOT all heroes wear capes and Tesco Aberystwyth’s very own Community Champion, Natasha Worrall has proven this raising a staggering £2,096.27 for local and national charities.
Natasha, the brainchild behind the charity football events, came up with the idea first off by challenging Tesco’s neighbours, Marks and Spencer’s, to a football match, she quickly set her powers to work and contacted Aberystwyth Football club who were more than happy to help and allowed use of the pitch.
The Big Day arrived, there was a lot of tension and passion on the pitch that night, it was more than just about winning a match it was the status, the pride and most of all bringing people together to raise money for three great causes; Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Mind. Hundreds of supporters braved the cold October evening to support the players and Tesco stole the show with a 7-1 victory and an amazing £607 was raised.
Natasha now had a taste of success under her cape and wanted to really get this event of the ground and challenged supermarket rivals, Morrisons to a match! The response for Tesco vs Morrisons was just what Natasha wanted and a November date was set.
Tesco now had experience in their boots and both teams had everything to play for. Victory once again went to Tesco who pipped Morrisons at the post and clawed back to a 5-4 victory raising a further £648.15 for Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation and Clic Sargent.
In true football fashion Natasha wanted a hat trick but could Team Tesco achieve this? Last Sunday (Dec 3) seemed the perfect opportunity and the opponents who were up for the challenge came from Bronglais Hospital and their chosen charity Pila Pala, Llwyn yr Eos. What a match! And what great team to take victory, Hywel Dda 2 – Tesco – 0. A rematch could certainly be on the cards especially as they raised the biggest amount ever of £841.12.
Behind every success there is always great team and working with Natasha and the players a number of local heroes who helped, Ruth’s kitchen provided heroic meals for all the players for a £1 donation, Aberystwyth women’s Team loaned their footballs, the Referees, linesmen, stewards, security, first aiders and ball boys and girls who all donated their time free of charge.
Team Tesco are looking for more opponents to play and raise even more money for local charities, if you are interested please call into Tesco store and see Natasha.
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