Today’s Souper Saturday was less hectic for me (Mark) than it has been of late and I was able to extricate myself from the kitchen for a an hour or so and spend some time chatting with the guests and with some of the Church’s lovely staff; including Steven (or is it Stephen?), who is the new Assistant Rector and yet another very nice fella (does St John’s kidnap and brainwash the world’s supply of lovely people so that they can hoard them all for themselves I wonder?). He has lead a very interesting life not least a twenty year spell in a monastery! He says that when he left he didn’t have a clue about any music or other entertainment form the past 20 years, but he seems to have picked up on modern technology awfy quickly since he was rocking that Android phone like a 12-year-old geek with a Reddit problem!
We also welcomed a new volunteer in Helen, who will also, I hope, be helping us with marketing-type stuff in the future as well as being a dab hand in the kitchen! We also welcomed back Jess and Jenny (I WILL stop calling them by each-other’s names, I promise!) who are fast becoming experts at this game. Jenny was particularly delighted to play the dinner lady by standing at a hatch ladelingout soup! Steven was as reliable, hard-working and fun as ever — thanks so much guys,the guests and I appreciate your work immensly 🙂
Regular guest Ian (with one
eye “i”) does the menu-board most weeks, and it is usually extremely funny, however it is also extremely personally insulting to me (like I ever insulted him….!) and often unsuitable for a family blog like this one (let alone a bloomin’ church hall!) so I’m afraid that there mightn’t be any photographic record of his work on here!
Mind you, my phone’s camera is so bad that nobody would be able to read it anyway, as the photos below will show. Jenny isn’t actually so blurry in real life. Mind you, neither is Kev so sharp 😀 The fella in the middle is John, otherwise known as Ken, Ken?
This is the only shot that’s properly focused, it shows the backgammon in the title and Rob, one of our regulars and thoroughly lovely for a “Brummie” from Wolverhampton. The arm belongs to Ian, who’s shy:
And last, but not least, we have Patrick, Jess and Jakob all pretending not to pose, some are doing a better job than others and Jess is even smiling!
We’re back in our former home, the cosy wee DRT next week, so no doubt there’ll be a huge crowd in because that’s Sod’s Law — three weeks in the big hall and numbers are down (partly for good reasons- some of our regulars have found a place to stay, yay!) but tomorrow is the last day of the emergency winter shelters, so there will be lots more people out on the street overnight after Sunday and there will also be fewer breakfasts eaten since the shelter also fed its residents.
Please give a thought for Edinburgh’s street sleepers on Monday night: their first night outside will be tough.