A special lunch was held to mark the third anniversary of ‘Neville’s Kitchen’, a community kitchen based in Gargrave. It is organised by Carol Mercer and Carys Roberts and supported Yorkshire Housing. Some of the special guests attending included BBC Food Programme presenters Paula McIntyre MBE and Jeanette Orrey MBE.
The initiative was started in 2016 by Carol and Carys to help elderly Yorkshire Housing residents who were not eating well and felt socially isolated. They recently won BBC Cook of the Year for the BBC Food & Farming Awards Finals 2019.
Neville’s Kitchen provides home-cooked meals and even delivers them to residents who are unable to get out and about. They initially promoted their luncheon club by word of mouth and dropped leaflets to various places in the local area.
The club is a now popular fixture of the community with up to 22 people attending at a time. Everyone over 50 is welcome and it is open to volunteers and different support groups. For the anniversary dinner the food was donated by Waitrose and it enabled us to raise £500 for Macmillan.
James Haigh, community investment manager at Yorkshire Housing said: “It’s really great that Neville’s Kitchen has marked its three year anniversary. Our Yorkshire Housing customers Carol and Carys have done so much good work to support the community in Gargrave.”
Carys Roberts, from Neville’s Kitchen said: “We are so pleased that judges from BBC Radio 4 Good Food Programme came to a special lunch to mark the third anniversary of Neville’s Kitchen. It was a great event and helped to raise much needed funds for Macmillan cancer support. We really love cooking old favourites like roast beef, chicken and potatoes in a lovely relaxed atmosphere.”
Carol and Carys also said they couldn’t do Neville’s Kitchen without the help of Sylvia Pickles, Caroline Leiper and Jennifer Heselton, who give their time to make sure the luncheon club stays afloat.
The BBC Food & Farming Awards were launched in 2000, to mark the 20th anniversary of Radio 4’s The Food Programme. The mission statement for the programme is “to honour those who have done most to promote the cause of good food.”