AFTER a two-year break due to COVID, the Thursday Evening Group, which has met at Holsworthy Methodist Church for the past 50 years, has re-formed and joined with the Friendship Group to meet on Thursday afternoons.

The Bodmin Street chapel hall and Blue Room are the venues, from 2pm to 3pm, where everyone is welcome to come and share a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake.

Guest speakers are regularly planned for alternate Thursdays, and on the other Thursdays, the group holds games and quiz afternoons.

Retired local vet Rupert Kirkwood was the first guest speaker this season and brought along a selection of videos recording his adventures while kayaking around the South West coast — this show of fascinating wildlife and beautiful scenery was much enjoyed.

The second guest speaker was Mrs Gill Cole of Launcells, who spoke on Knit for Peace. She brought examples of the blankets, jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves knitted by friends and church members and originally sent to Little John’s House in Romania for children and young adults in need. However, since Britain left the EU, sending these items abroad has become more difficult and expensive and now the knitted clothing is sent for distribution to women’s refuges and other needy children in this country. Mrs Cole would welcome anyone who would like to knit for this worthy cause.

Mr David Kendrick of Bude is the next guest speaker, tomorrow (November 10), and Mrs Sue Brooks of Kilkhampton will talk about Open The Book on November 24. On December 8, there will be a Christingle-making session, with a short seasonal reflection, and on December 15, the group will hold its Christmas Party with Carol Singing and a Bring and Share Tea. There is no charge for the meetings, but donations would be appreciated towards costs.