Christchurch schoolchildren serving up soup specials

From left, Nicola Penny, Beth Wheeler, Ellie Kearley and Erin Wheeler

From left, Nicola Penny, Beth Wheeler, Ellie Kearley and Erin Wheeler

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KIND-HEARTED pupils from a Christchurch primary school have set-up a soup kitchen to help needy people.

The Year 6 youngsters from the Priory School have spent weeks planning their philan-thropic venture, preparing recipes and practising their bread roll-making skills.

And with a helping hand from generous local bus-inesses, the pupils have launched their project, with a weekly stall outside the Mayor’s Parlour in Christ-church town centre.

The group spend an hour from 6.30pm-7.30pm on Tues-day evenings doling out cups of warming soup and hot drinks to local people.

Headteacher, Claire King said: “I already help at a soup kitchen in Poole and I thought we should do a community project at school.

“The children leapt on the idea of the soup kitchen and asked would they be able to make their own soup.

“The grocer in the market, Mark Barrett, donates us vegetables and the youngsters spend Monday night making their soup.

“The school cook has supported us with the cooking and the children are having great fun.

“We are supporting the school trust deed – to serve the poor and needy of the community – and it’s good for the students to be aware that there are people in need in the local community.”

Waitrose has donated six flasks and sandwich bags and HC3S catering donated the ingredients for bread rolls.

Christchurch Food Bank has given the tea, coffee, sugar and milk for drinks.

And while the response has so far been limited, with news spreading throughout the Priory and other organ-isations, demand is sure to increase over time, Claire believes.

Judy Jamieson, chairman of governors at the school said: “I am very proud of the school and, of course, the pupils.

“They are reaching out to the community at a time of need and providing some much-needed support.”

The school is appealing for donations of cups with lids, a cool bag, bin bags, and non-perishable items such as biscuits or cereal bars.

Contact them on 01202 484105.

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4:39pm Sun 16 Jun 13

THawkes says...

Whilst this is a good idea and i applaud the school, but we are talking about Christchurch here!

No exactly a town teaming with people sleeping in shop doorways etc! I think the last count was, zero!

Take it to Bournemouth where there is a homeless problem or Christchurch could become a magnet as the poor and needy (not homeless) of Christchurch are hardly going to flock there on a Tuesday night for an hour as they are probably already at bingo or sitting at home watching Corrie on there 42" LED 3D TV!
Whilst this is a good idea and i applaud the school, but we are talking about Christchurch here! No exactly a town teaming with people sleeping in shop doorways etc! I think the last count was, zero! Take it to Bournemouth where there is a homeless problem or Christchurch could become a magnet as the poor and needy (not homeless) of Christchurch are hardly going to flock there on a Tuesday night for an hour as they are probably already at bingo or sitting at home watching Corrie on there 42" LED 3D TV! THawkes
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7:39pm Sun 16 Jun 13

retry69 says...

THawkes wrote:
Whilst this is a good idea and i applaud the school, but we are talking about Christchurch here!

No exactly a town teaming with people sleeping in shop doorways etc! I think the last count was, zero!

Take it to Bournemouth where there is a homeless problem or Christchurch could become a magnet as the poor and needy (not homeless) of Christchurch are hardly going to flock there on a Tuesday night for an hour as they are probably already at bingo or sitting at home watching Corrie on there 42" LED 3D TV!
But it was only last week it was reported on the news that the Christchurch food bank needed bigger premises due to higher demand and also a letter regarding the same was included in the Echo, so where is the demand coming from, not Christchurch?
[quote][p][bold]THawkes[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is a good idea and i applaud the school, but we are talking about Christchurch here! No exactly a town teaming with people sleeping in shop doorways etc! I think the last count was, zero! Take it to Bournemouth where there is a homeless problem or Christchurch could become a magnet as the poor and needy (not homeless) of Christchurch are hardly going to flock there on a Tuesday night for an hour as they are probably already at bingo or sitting at home watching Corrie on there 42" LED 3D TV![/p][/quote]But it was only last week it was reported on the news that the Christchurch food bank needed bigger premises due to higher demand and also a letter regarding the same was included in the Echo, so where is the demand coming from, not Christchurch? retry69
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8:43pm Sun 16 Jun 13

THawkes says...

Bit of a difference between a food bank and a stall giving out a cup of soup and a bread roll in the street for 1 hour a week!!
Bit of a difference between a food bank and a stall giving out a cup of soup and a bread roll in the street for 1 hour a week!! THawkes
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8:50pm Sun 16 Jun 13

ShuttleX says...

Well done to the kids of Year 6. If it makes even one homeless person feel that somebody cares, then it is well worth it. Then of course you have the added bonus of their generation understanding that there are people less well off then themselves. We hear so much about youths hanging round the streets causing trouble, I, for one, find it refreshing to know that not all youths are trouble makers.
Well done to the kids of Year 6. If it makes even one homeless person feel that somebody cares, then it is well worth it. Then of course you have the added bonus of their generation understanding that there are people less well off then themselves. We hear so much about youths hanging round the streets causing trouble, I, for one, find it refreshing to know that not all youths are trouble makers. ShuttleX
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9:52pm Sun 16 Jun 13

retry69 says...

THawkes wrote:
Bit of a difference between a food bank and a stall giving out a cup of soup and a bread roll in the street for 1 hour a week!!
Its still helping others out,when was the last head count done of people sleeping in doorways anyway and is your first name Tony?
[quote][p][bold]THawkes[/bold] wrote: Bit of a difference between a food bank and a stall giving out a cup of soup and a bread roll in the street for 1 hour a week!![/p][/quote]Its still helping others out,when was the last head count done of people sleeping in doorways anyway and is your first name Tony? retry69
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9:55pm Sun 16 Jun 13

nosuchluck54 says...

THawkes wrote:
Bit of a difference between a food bank and a stall giving out a cup of soup and a bread roll in the street for 1 hour a week!!
What a miserable git must live in Bournemouth
[quote][p][bold]THawkes[/bold] wrote: Bit of a difference between a food bank and a stall giving out a cup of soup and a bread roll in the street for 1 hour a week!![/p][/quote]What a miserable git must live in Bournemouth nosuchluck54
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10:23pm Sun 16 Jun 13

THawkes says...

Me a miserable git! no just speaking the truth

Re-read my very first sentence

Yes it is still helping others out but as they say "response has so far been limited" There is a reason for this as i stated earlier and all they will be feeding are going to be passers by.
The poor & needy don't need a cup of soup and a bread roll from a stall in Christchurch High St, but they do need the likes of a food bank.
Me a miserable git! no just speaking the truth Re-read my very first sentence Yes it is still helping others out but as they say "response has so far been limited" There is a reason for this as i stated earlier and all they will be feeding are going to be passers by. The poor & needy don't need a cup of soup and a bread roll from a stall in Christchurch High St, but they do need the likes of a food bank. THawkes
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10:43pm Sun 16 Jun 13

Huey says...

WELL DONE to those who've showed m and contributed to this initiative.
It's important to teach kids compassion and the difference between needy and greedy.
This kitchen is a great way to achieve those qualities.
Souper work.
WELL DONE to those who've showed m and contributed to this initiative. It's important to teach kids compassion and the difference between needy and greedy. This kitchen is a great way to achieve those qualities. Souper work. Huey
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11:07pm Sun 16 Jun 13

Yankee1 says...

Good grief!

Kids do something good.

And adults have to tear it apart!

Well done, Priory School! Ignore the nonsense, and keep at it!
Good grief! Kids do something good. And adults have to tear it apart! Well done, Priory School! Ignore the nonsense, and keep at it! Yankee1
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1:39am Mon 17 Jun 13

billd766 says...

THawkes wrote:
Whilst this is a good idea and i applaud the school, but we are talking about Christchurch here!

No exactly a town teaming with people sleeping in shop doorways etc! I think the last count was, zero!

Take it to Bournemouth where there is a homeless problem or Christchurch could become a magnet as the poor and needy (not homeless) of Christchurch are hardly going to flock there on a Tuesday night for an hour as they are probably already at bingo or sitting at home watching Corrie on there 42" LED 3D TV!
Wonderful plan that. Are you suggesting that the school moves completely to Bornemouth or that all the needy in Bournemouth travel to Christchurch?
It is a primary school in Chrisrchurch who are helping people in Christchurch.
Well done to all the pupils and to the school.
Of course if you feel that there is a need for similar help in Bournemouth then start your own food stall where it is needed but please don't criticize the children in another area. At least they are DOING something useful, productive and helpful.
[quote][p][bold]THawkes[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is a good idea and i applaud the school, but we are talking about Christchurch here! No exactly a town teaming with people sleeping in shop doorways etc! I think the last count was, zero! Take it to Bournemouth where there is a homeless problem or Christchurch could become a magnet as the poor and needy (not homeless) of Christchurch are hardly going to flock there on a Tuesday night for an hour as they are probably already at bingo or sitting at home watching Corrie on there 42" LED 3D TV![/p][/quote]Wonderful plan that. Are you suggesting that the school moves completely to Bornemouth or that all the needy in Bournemouth travel to Christchurch? It is a primary school in Chrisrchurch who are helping people in Christchurch. Well done to all the pupils and to the school. Of course if you feel that there is a need for similar help in Bournemouth then start your own food stall where it is needed but please don't criticize the children in another area. At least they are DOING something useful, productive and helpful. billd766
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3:55am Mon 17 Jun 13

portia6 says...

Well done school children, hope that
its appreciated as I'm sure it will be!
There is poverty in most towns and
Christchurch can be no exception.
Well done school children, hope that its appreciated as I'm sure it will be! There is poverty in most towns and Christchurch can be no exception. portia6
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3:55am Mon 17 Jun 13

portia6 says...

Well done school children, hope that
its appreciated as I'm sure it will be!
There is poverty in most towns and
Christchurch can be no exception.
Well done school children, hope that its appreciated as I'm sure it will be! There is poverty in most towns and Christchurch can be no exception. portia6
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6:45am Mon 17 Jun 13

retry69 says...

THawkes wrote:
Me a miserable git! no just speaking the truth

Re-read my very first sentence

Yes it is still helping others out but as they say "response has so far been limited" There is a reason for this as i stated earlier and all they will be feeding are going to be passers by.
The poor & needy don't need a cup of soup and a bread roll from a stall in Christchurch High St, but they do need the likes of a food bank.
Well i think its a wonderful gesture and when you return to pantomime at christmas lets hope if there are any left over stale rolls the children will put the to good useGood luck to the school
[quote][p][bold]THawkes[/bold] wrote: Me a miserable git! no just speaking the truth Re-read my very first sentence Yes it is still helping others out but as they say "response has so far been limited" There is a reason for this as i stated earlier and all they will be feeding are going to be passers by. The poor & needy don't need a cup of soup and a bread roll from a stall in Christchurch High St, but they do need the likes of a food bank.[/p][/quote]Well i think its a wonderful gesture and when you return to pantomime at christmas lets hope if there are any left over stale rolls the children will put the to good useGood luck to the school retry69
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8:44am Mon 17 Jun 13

downmoor-ch63 says...

GOOD FOR YOU, THE YEAR 6 AT PRIORY SCHOOL. THERE MAY NOT BE AS MANY HOMELESS IN CHRISTCHURCH AS IN BOURNEMOUTH, BUT YOU ARE SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE TO YOUR ELDER PEERS. KEEP IT UP, I FOR ONE CAN NOW START TO BELIEVE IN THE GOOD SIDE OF LIFE,AND A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL TAKING PART!.
GOOD FOR YOU, THE YEAR 6 AT PRIORY SCHOOL. THERE MAY NOT BE AS MANY HOMELESS IN CHRISTCHURCH AS IN BOURNEMOUTH, BUT YOU ARE SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE TO YOUR ELDER PEERS. KEEP IT UP, I FOR ONE CAN NOW START TO BELIEVE IN THE GOOD SIDE OF LIFE,AND A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL TAKING PART!. downmoor-ch63
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9:23am Mon 17 Jun 13

steve.in.sydney says...

downmoor-ch63 wrote:
GOOD FOR YOU, THE YEAR 6 AT PRIORY SCHOOL. THERE MAY NOT BE AS MANY HOMELESS IN CHRISTCHURCH AS IN BOURNEMOUTH, BUT YOU ARE SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE TO YOUR ELDER PEERS. KEEP IT UP, I FOR ONE CAN NOW START TO BELIEVE IN THE GOOD SIDE OF LIFE,AND A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL TAKING PART!.
No need to shout.
[quote][p][bold]downmoor-ch63[/bold] wrote: GOOD FOR YOU, THE YEAR 6 AT PRIORY SCHOOL. THERE MAY NOT BE AS MANY HOMELESS IN CHRISTCHURCH AS IN BOURNEMOUTH, BUT YOU ARE SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE TO YOUR ELDER PEERS. KEEP IT UP, I FOR ONE CAN NOW START TO BELIEVE IN THE GOOD SIDE OF LIFE,AND A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL TAKING PART!.[/p][/quote]No need to shout. steve.in.sydney
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12:30pm Mon 17 Jun 13

portia6 says...

Do they have cream cheese rolls and
pat'e is nice! Marmite is of course the
best!
Do they have cream cheese rolls and pat'e is nice! Marmite is of course the best! portia6
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