Churchill Gardens pensioners’ lunch club continues despite kitchen robbery

Churchill Gardens lunch club for pensioners has not been defeated after thieves stole £5,000 worth of kitchen equipment.

Burglars raided the community hall at Churchill Gardens Estate, Pimlico, in the early hours of October 12.

They ripped out a £2,000 commercial cooker, a microwave, electric mixer and fridge freezer filled with food for the weekly lunch club.

But, with donations from neighbours and an undefeated attitude, pensioners continue to enjoy a two-course hot meal every Friday for £5.

Churchill-Gardens lunch club Sue Walsh

Sue Walsh, chairwoman of Churchill Gardens Residents Association, said: “It shows whatever they throw at us, we’ll keep going strong. A wonderful neighbour Susan Moore donated a brand new fridge freezer so we can keep doing the lunches.

“For some of these people it’s the only hot dinner they have.

“The club is so important and it’s proved a great success; week on week our numbers are on the up.

“People have continued to support us, which is immensely helpful.”

The association is waiting for an insurance claim to go through.

Ms Walsh said police had damaged the hall’s security alarm knocking down the front door after responding to what turned out to be a hoax call two weeks before the burglary.

Police continue to search through CCTV to trace the suspects.

The community hall hopes to extend the kitchens and, once the club has a working oven again, to open a cafe in the building throughout the week.

Volunteer cook John Fleming serves a choice of two meals a week including roast pork, curry or bangers and mash, with a dessert and hot drink.

“It’s worth every penny. The chef, John, is brilliant,” said Ivy Powell, 78, who has been going to the Friday afternoon lunch club since it opened last year.

Friend Kathleen Walker, 79, added: “It saves the agony of cooking, once the cafe opens it will be fantastic.”

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