Search

Good Neighbours: East Ham Salvation Army lunches cater for the community

08:00 25 January 2014

Elderly residents enjoying a hot meal

Elderly residents enjoying a hot meal

Archant

The Salvation Army is making sure older and more vulnerable people in Newham can enjoy hearty meals and good company by hosting friendly lunches each week.

Cooks in the kitchen prepare the mealCooks in the kitchen prepare the meal

Majors Tony and Jean Button have been running the East Ham Salvation Army on Wakefield Street for nearly 20 years and enjoy providing friendship and support for those who need it in the community.

They offer a lunch from 12.15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which usually consists of a roast,a sweet and unlimited soft drinks for £2.50.

The lunches are mainly attended by pensioners and have proved incredibly popular with over 60 people turning up each week.

The Thursday lunches are usually the busiest as a minibus is available to collect the less mobile from their houses.

Tony Button, 63, explained that the Salvation Army’s focus is to provide a service for people that live alone or don’t have much family. He said: “It’s more about getting people out of the house and letting them spend time together. They can come anytime after 9am on lunch days so that they can be warm, save money on their electricity bills and enjoy each others company.

“As we see people twice a week it’s a good way of making sure they are ok. If they don’t turn up one week then we will go round and check on them. We treat each member like family.”

The East Ham group also held a Christmas day meal, where pensioners came and enjoyed dinner, games, crackers and presents.

For more information about the Salvation Army lunches contact easthamsa@tiscali.co.uk or call Tony and Jean on 02084721488 or 02085524575.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

42 minutes ago
Courtney Hazel is known to have links to East Ham

A missing teenager may be in East Ham, police believe.

Tickets are being accepted on local buses

The morning commute is being disrupted by train alterations and cancellations on Greater Anglia services following a fault with the signalling system and the passenger alarm being activated.

Yesterday, 07:00
Tuesday's event will feature a talk from Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer

Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer will be sharing his story at the Old Town Hall on Tuesday.

Newham
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Police action day at the Stratford Mall. Chief inspector Shabnam Choudhri with Reginea Savepy, age four and Ria Savepy, age six.

“The children singing on the stage today, in just four or five year’s time they could be involved in gangs.

Borough

Most read news

Radical leftist party Syriza has triumphed in the Greek elections so what now.

A court ruling on the social network comes amid heightened tensions following the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

No one is happy he’s bagged the Knight of the Order of Australia award.

Press Association figures reveal the extensive use of new domestic violence laws.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder