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Farewell to Ben Rhydding ‘soup day’
3:10pm Monday 23rd December 2013 in Local news
A Ben Rhydding couple have served up their last community soup lunch after a decade of organising the monthly event and raising an impressive £8,000 for good causes.
For the last ten years, George and Joan Luffman have hosted a monthly Soup Day.
For a nominal donation, they offered a choice of soups accompanied by a variety of home-made breads followed by tea or coffee. Over the years, these donations have added up to almost £8,000, raised for the work of Churches Together in Ilkley and the Romanian Friendship Foundation.
Mr and Mrs Luffman are both long-standing members of St John’s Church, Ben Rhydding.
“We started Soup Day in January 2002,” said Mr Luffman.
“We’d been looking for a new outreach and fundraising project and, as a keen soup-maker, when someone gave me a Soup Bible, I thought this is a sign.”
Over the years, with 138 Soup Days behind them, the couple have made over 400 different soups and 20 different breads.
Ben Rhydding resident Margaret Dale said, “I’m not a regular church-goer, but there’s always been a warm welcome from Joan and George, with good soup and good company.”
On the final day last week, there were more than 40 visitors.
“This is a bit special,” said Mrs Luffman. “We’ve usually averaged about 25 to 30 and yes, we will miss it, but we’ve had a good run, and life moves on.”