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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

20th Anniversary for Pop-In Coffee Morning

The POP-IN Coffee Morning was extra colourful and noisy last week.

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Twenty years ago, Jo Alltree wanted to have a place for people who would enjoy the opportunity to meet others. Her idea was taken up and all the Milford churches joined in and arranged teams for each Thursday morning of the month.  So the POP-IN was born, and since then, in the Village Hall, coffee or tea offered by welcomers for people to meet their new neighbours or just come for a drink and a chat.

Originally the rotas were organised by Gillian Peard then soon taken over by Sonia Collyer.

The Anniversary Party was organised by Sonia and helpers and on the 20th anniversary exactly, she was able to welcome both Gillian and three of the helpers who had been there on the opening day.

Filling the room were former helpers, current regulars, people who had found new friends when they came as newcomers themselves, Gloria Grantham Smith from the Village Hall Trustees, a librarian and helpers from the new Library service who are now a welcome addition to each POP-IN.

Most appropriately three new visitors came for the first time and promised to return - despite being warned that there would not be balloons, decorations and cakes next week!

Warm thanks were expressed to Gillian and Sonia, to the Village Hall for their support, and to all the faithful helpers, then voices were lifted lustily singing old favourites and guests departed after a very happy morning.

The POP-IN Coffee Morning organising team of volunteers open the doors every Thursday between 10.30am to 12noon when the kettle is on, so why not come along. Look out for the sign on the Green.

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