A hub of activity open to all

Salvation Army community centre manager Emily Smith says everyone is welcome to the charity’s cafe for practical and pastoral support – and a bowl of homemade soup

SPRING is now just around the corner, the evenings are getting lighter, daffodils fill our hedgerows and normality is resuming.

It has been so lovely to welcome lots of familiar faces back in to our café since reopening, as well as meeting many new faces.

We are working hard to start our church services and toddler groups once again and will have more information about this soon. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

As we approach Easter, we believe it is a time to be thankful for those who may have supported us during tough times, look forward to brighter times ahead and remember that there is always someone here at The Salvation Army to offer a listening ear and support. We are much more than a café and charity shop; we are a community hub and offer a range of practical and pastoral support.

Easter celebrations at Bumblebee Field

Although Covid-19 restrictions are relaxing now, there are guidelines in place that we have to follow. We are looking forward to Easter and planning some activity so we can celebrate and get together once again.

We will be holding church services at Bumblebee Field, which is based at Route de la Côte, opposite Mont Orgueil Castle. We will meet together at 10.30am. Anyone is welcome and if you are interested in attending any of the services below, please contact us emailing alice.nunn@salvationarmy.org.uk or calling 735472 so we can adhere to Covid guidance. If the weather is bad on any of the proposed days, then we will instead meet at our community café on Minden Street.

Sunday 21 March: Online Lent together. If you are interested in this event please email alice.nunn@salvationarmy.org.uk to request the log-in details.

Sunday 28 March: Palm Sunday at Bumblebee Field.

Friday 2 April: Good Friday at Bumblebee Field.

Sunday 4 April: Easter Sunday celebration at Bumblebee Field.

There is roadside parking opposite the field or at Gorey Harbour, from which it is a short walk up the hill. Alternatively, take LibertyBus bus routes 1,1a or 2 to Gorey Pier and walk up the hill towards the castle.

Did you know we serve free, homemade soup every day?

Hidden away in Minden Street behind the car park is our community café and it is a real hub of activity where everyone is welcome. In the café we offer practical support, such as free soup, as well as pastoral support, a meeting place for other charities and agencies and an inclusive and safe space for all.

The soup has been the heart of our café since we opened in November 2016. For us, it’s important that everyone has access to a warm, nutritious meal every day. We make the soup free for everyone as we think it is so important that everyone is treated equally and we do not discriminate. If you would like to leave a donation for your soup, then please do so in the bucket we have on the till.

We pride ourselves on our delicious soup and the flavour changes daily. We have a number of flavours on rotation including Mexican bean, Thai green curry, tomato and basil, carrot and coriander and sweet potato and coconut milk. The soup is served with bread and Jersey Dairy butter.

We see the power of our soup. For some, it may be the only hot meal they have that day. For others, it provides an opportunity to come in and meet new people and chat over a bowl of something delicious.

We also serve a range of affordable food between 9am and 2.30pm, which includes toasted sandwiches, bacon rolls served in fresh Vienna Bakery rolls, jacket potatoes with homemade fillings, a selection of cake and other sweet treats.

Next time you’re passing, why not pop in and see us and try the soup for yourself? The café is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm.

Why not try some soup at home?

Roasted sweet potato, pepper and coconut soup

Ingredients (serves 6)

800g sweet potatoes, chopped

1 medium red onion, chopped

3 medium red peppers, roughly chopped

4 cloves garlic, skins on

40ml olive oil

1.2 litres vegetable stock

400ml coconut milk

Half a lemon, juiced

Pinch of red chilli flakes

Salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

Roll the sweet potatoes, red onion, peppers and garlic in the oil and spread evenly on a roasting tray.

Roast for 40 minutes, until the vegetables are soft and golden around the edges. Squeeze the garlic from its skins and discard the skins.

Put the roasted veg into a large saucepan with the vegetable stock and bring to a simmer for ten minutes. Pour the coconut milk into the pan and blend the soup.

Add lemon juice and chilli to taste and season the soup before serving.

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