August 2013 Breamore Brunch Bazaar

Many thanks to everyone who supported the brunch over the last few months which resulted in profits being handed over to committee treasurer Andy Finch the sum of £272.65. It goes without saying that masses of hard work is undertaken by the team of regular volunteers vwho have without doubt made the whole thing possible and, as we approach the 6th year of operation ( next brunch Saturday September 21st. ). I feel quite strongly that it might be a good opportunity to make a few changes which, won’t affect the reason and purpose of the brunch, but will make life easier for all of us involved in putting it on ; the amount of preparation, cooking, clearing and washing-up really is quite staggering for such a short 2.5 hour event. What has also influenced my thinking is the fact that the month I was unable to be involved (due to -illness ) although we simplified the menu to mainly bacon rolls and the usual croissants etc. the amount of money raised profit wise was almost identical as when so much more time, effort and expense was expended.

After discussing with all of the regular voluntary helpers what has been mutually decided is that we’ll have a trial period of increasing the range of cakes, pastries, muffins etc. at the same time reduce cooked items that result in such massive cleaning operations. We can still do bacon rolls but leave much else that results in the brunch being so labour intensive for want of a better expression ‘off the menu’.

Genuinely very sorry that this may well be a serious disappointment to regular supporters of the brunch but, after 6 years of hardly any changes, sometimes the need just arises , thus ensuring its sustainability ( and maintaining its financial feasibility ).

We can easily provide special dietary bread rolls, cakes etc. and vegetarian equivalents thus remaining as inclusive as possible ; toast , crumpets and scones could all be provided on a self-serve basis. Please continue to come along and support the brunch as it really was, at its conception, intended to be a’ neutral ‘place where residents of Breamore and close proximity could meet up and enjoy each others’ company.

That shouldn’t change even if the menu does ………Dennis White