Sunday 16th December – Christmas!

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Some images courtesy of The Bishop’s Stortford Independent.

It seems only right that I start this post off by saying a huge thank you to you all for a fantastic year of lunches, support and kindness. Although not being quite yet a year of lunches, the year 2018 has seen us launch our first ever Welbeloved lunch and outgrow our original venue in record speed. It has seen me personally meeting many new faces, and building relationships with local businesses, organisations and individuals, as well as learning of the incredible work other local organisations are doing to combat loneliness in our community. I can’t lie, it has been very stressful and hard at times, but that has so been outweighed by the positive impact The Welbeloved Club has had on so many people, and the support I have received in return from both friends and strangers (who are now friends!).

As many of you will know, our Christmas lunch was provided entirely by the readers of The Bishop’s Stortford Independent. The campaign was the brainchild of Editor Paul Winspear and Editorial Assistant David James, who worked tirelessly all month to ensure the campaign ran as smoothly as possible. On the night of the launch, I don’t think David got to bed until gone 3am! The pledges were coming in so frequently, it was impossible to keep up with them. When Paul first came to me with the idea, I thought it was a fantastic idea, but worried his expectations were a little ambitious. If I’m honest, I thought maybe half our shopping list would be purchased, so I was more than ready to purchase the other half. The campaign went live at 8pm and less than 15 hours later, the whole list had been pledged, with more support coming in thick and fast. I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing!

Not only were people pledging items, they were also pledging raffle prizes, money, time as a volunteer and general offers of help. I was absolutely blown away! It didn’t feel right to keep turning offers away, so we decided to invite readers to buy gifts for all our members, and provide a contact so guests could thank them personally. For many, this would be the only present they would receive this Christmas, so it felt right to launch this second mini campaign. We had gifts donated from Churchfield Primary in Enfield, NKD in London, Reed Recruitment in Harlow, Coco’s Bishop’s Stortford, and much more! We had individuals buy and wrap presents themselves, and even a present from a 9 year old ‘Tyler’ from Bishop’s Stortford.

I couldn’t possibly mention everyone individually, but I just have to hold my hands up and say I was totally wrong to doubt how well the campaign would do. We had companies like Hanbury Wealth pay for our turkey, Aaron Fennell of The Marne Inn give us 12 bottles of prosecco, Coco’s Bishop’s Stortford give us lots of gifts, Waitrose hampers provided by the lovely Tracy Whitfield, money donations from individuals, people offer to wrap presents and make up hampers, the list goes on and on! Thank you everyone.

I think it’s safe to say the lunch was a huge success. The hall was alive with chat, laughter and Christmas cheer, and not a scrap was left on the plates! We even had enough mince pies to offer seconds to those who still had room! Our volunteers worked so hard yet again, with more new faces to add to the team. After dinner, guests were treated to a set of beautiful Christmas carols, sang by year 1 and 2 children at Mandeville Primary School. The children had clearly practiced and put on a great show to a room packed with people. For me, it was a lovely example of bringing different generations together, and felt very topical given the success of the recent Channel 4 show, ‘Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds’.

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After the campaign launched, I had so many people get in touch for so many different reasons, one being about starting similar ‘kindness’ projects in schools. This is definitely something I would like to look into in the future, given the bags of evidence there is out there to suggest loneliness can be rapidly reduced by bringing generations together.

As the year draws to a close, I want to wish all our supporters a very happy New Year, and thank you once again for everything you have done in keeping The Welbeloved Club going. 2019 is set to be a really exciting year, and I hope to be writing to you all this time next year as a registered UK charity, and to perhaps have expanded even further. Who knows what the future holds! I hope the club has served as an example of what can happen when you invest time (and money!) into something you feel so passionately about. It honestly can be anything – all it needs is drive and a willingness to make a difference. It doesn’t have to be for 90 lonely old folks! The point is you can make a huge difference to something or someone just by putting yourself and your initiative out there.

Happy 2019 everyone, 2018 has been a blast!

Sunday 4th November – a Sunday to remember


Sunday 4th November saw us cater for the highest number of guests yet – 82 people! We had lots of new faces come and join us which was great to see, and lots of familiar faces with a new-found energy and commitment to making new guests feel welcome.

This month, our Armistice celebrations were made possible through a grant from East Herts Council. The grant enabled us to purchase decorations, hire a fantastic singer and give each guest a small gift from The British Legion shop. We were so fortunate to have this grant, as the scheme was so popular with many applications. I’m pleased to say it was a huge success, and probably our best lunch yet!

I think we all agreed, there was a fantastic atmosphere in the hall. There was so much happiness and joy among guests and volunteers, and you could really feel that everyone was leaving on such a high. Going forward, providing entertainment at the end of dinner is something I want to try and factor into our budget month to month!

When guests booked in this month, we asked if they could wear red, white and blue, in keeping with our Armistice theme. Everyone arrived very colourful! We were also so fortunate that one of our regular guests Charles Foster arrived wearing all his medals, including the legion d’honneur he was awarded several years ago, honouring the efforts he made for the people of France during World War ll. Our singer Diane certainly made a fuss of him, as did everyone else! Many of our guests were approaching Charles throughout the afternoon, considering it an absolute honour to meet him, and thank him for his service. Our youngest volunteer Tallulah was among those wanting to speak with Charles and had a chance to show him her own medal from the British Citizen Youth Award ceremony.


On the menu this month was beef cobbler, followed by ginger sponge and sauce. Can you believe, we had quite a few guests say they had never had cobbler before! As always, mum and her team of volunteers absolutely smashed it, making the savoury cheese scones from scratch, as well as the pudding and sauce. For me and definitely for mum, making our meals from scratch is something we feel strongly about. Our guests are coming for company, but they are also coming for a home cooked meal – something they now miss out on as they don’t cook for themselves anymore. Every detail of the afternoon makes for a good experience, and enjoying the food is something we strive for!

It became very clear to me when we were setting up that the expansion of the club is not slowing down. We had to make an inventory of what we had and didn’t have, and we have so far had to spend an additional £200 on more equipment and crockery, so we can continue to cater for the growing numbers! It feels now we are starting to find our rhythm each month and are now becoming a well-oiled machine. New volunteers are being guided by volunteers who have been with us from the start (they don’t need me!), and I feel everyone is made to feel welcome both as guests and as volunteers.

I need to touch on what has been happening since the 4th November, if you haven’t already seen it across our social media platforms, and in the local newspaper. Firstly, it was an absolute pleasure to hear from my secondary school, Birchwood High School. They got in touch with me to ask whether I would like to be their key note speaker at this year’s year 11 GCSE certificate ceremony. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there in person, but I was able to record a video speech, and send my Mum and my Nana in my place. It gave me a chance to tell the current year 11s all about my life up to this point, and how The Welbeloved Club even came about, and why I had the idea in the first place. It also gave me the chance to tell them what I could have done with hearing when I was their age, but to also reinforce what this is all about. Kindness. Whether it’s loneliness or something else, use your voice to make a difference.

I also had the chance to tell them all about Doris Welbeloved’s husband, Charles Thomas Welbeloved, who had an inspirational career in the military during his 30 years (and 120 days!) service.

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Secondly however, I have to talk about The Bishop’s Stortford Independent, and the incredible efforts Editor Paul and Editorial Assistant David have gone to in order to pull off our next lunch in style. I don’t quite know where to begin, all I can really say is thank you.

Paul and David came to me with the idea of launching an appeal to the Indie’s readers, to see if we could ask for pledges on items we need for our Christmas lunch on the 16th December. Long story short, the appeal went live with a shopping list of over 200 items and in less than 12 hours the whole appeal had been fulfilled. None of us could keep up with demand and I believe no other work could get done in the Indie office the next day! I don’t know what I can say that will truly reflect the level of gratitude and express just how overwhelmed we feel by the kindness extended to us.

Even though the appeal was complete, donors were still coming forward with raffle prizes, gifts for our guests, offers of help, refreshments and much more. It is more than we could ever have hoped for, and we are just so grateful for the support. I’ve said it a few times, but the 16th December will act as a Christmas Day for many of our guests. Some won’t receive many presents, and some won’t have a Christmas dinner. Thanks to all of YOU, those guests are set to have the best day ever on the 16th, and will probably be the best Christmas they have had for years.

One thing the exposure from the Indie has done is increase awareness of the club. As a result, I have been shown such kindness in the form of cards, messages, emails and offers of help. So many people have said how proud they are of me and how they hoped I felt proud of myself, and my neighbour said she hoped her daughter would grow up to be just like me. It’s probably the biggest compliment anyone could pay me, and I feel truly touched. As I said in my speech though, I don’t run the club for admiration or praise, I do it to serve as an example that if I can make a difference, literally anyone can! Imagine if everyone did something similar for a cause they felt so passionately about – what a happy world we would live in.

The 16th will see us host a Christmas lunch with a visit from Santa, gifts from Indie readers, school children from Churchfield in Enfield and now from NKD in London! We also host a school choir from Mandeville Primary School in Sawbridgeworth, new volunteers, and a short video being filmed from my friend James at HNE Media. Check back here in a month’s time for an update on how it went!

Sunday 7th October – welcome to Autumn


As I sit here writing this now, I’m reflecting back on how far we have come in such a short space of time. The club has grown so much that I am now looking into ways of funding a small salary for me, so I can dedicate more time to the club and really give it the support it deserves. Nothing confirmed yet but watch this space!

As we returned from a break in September, it was all hands on deck for our lunch on Sunday 7th October. Lunch this month was roast pork (and crackling) followed by apple sponge, and it couldn’t have gone down better! Our poor oven is being asked to work harder than it’s ever done before so we had to chuck a few things, but we were told the sponge was the lightest they have tasted! Panic over.

As we continue to grow in numbers, the amount of food, refreshments and volunteers has had to increase too. I don’t think I will ever get used to the amount of people that have come forward each month and offered their precious time and for very little in return. My aim has always been to create an atmosphere that volunteers want to return to, because without them there would be no club. As I look around, I’m very aware our volunteers are sweating, tired and stressed – why would they want to come back! They do though, and I’m forever grateful. They always know more than me – how tables are laid, who sits where, how we arrange or monitor things, what system works best. The club has become so much about our volunteers both in and out of the kitchen. Together as a team, we are creating a warm and safe environment for just over 70 people, who ordinarily would spend the day at home alone, after having spent the whole week alone too. I’m so proud of that, and I feel so honoured to witness the friendships that are developing. The hall is never quiet. People who have never met are coming together over lunch, and breaking that dreadful wall of silence they hear too often at home.

Talking of volunteers, I’m delighted to tell you that our youngest volunteer Tallulah was awarded a British Citizen Youth Award this week, for her volunteering work at The Welbeloved Club. Tallulah is 11 years old and has recently started at the Bishop’s Stortford College. Her timetable is now 8am-5pm six days a week, so any spare time she has now is very precious. However, her commitment to The Welbeloved Club has never changed and I’m told she even wants to do more! She was presented with her medal from Diversity’s Ashley Banjo, who gave a moving speech about Tallulah and her support for the lunch club. We are so grateful for your support Tallulah, and are so proud to see how far you have come since your first club. Congratulations!


A huge thank you to one of our volunteers Paul Brown who, without telling ANYBODY, paid for our meat this month. We are proud to be supporting our local Butcher (Stephens at Snowley) who always give us a good deal. Still though, our meat is one of our main expenses each month, so it was a huge surprise to hear it had already been paid for. Paul saved us just over £67, which means we have that money to spend on Armistice celebrations this month!

We also have to say a big thank you to Mandeville Primary School in Sawbridgeworth, who chose us as their charity/community group to support through their Harvest festival. I was absolutely blown away by the quantity of food they gave us, and so nicely packaged! The food has been divided up into food we will use for our lunches, food we can make up a hamper with for a raffle prize, and food we can donate to our local food bank. I’m happy to say the children will be coming to visit our club for our December lunch to sing some carols to our guests!


When I get the time, it’s important I continue to look for different grants to apply for to keep us going. The small charge we obtain from guests covers our costs month to month, but it leaves us no money for the added extras like replacement of equipment, entertainment, decorations for themed months and much more. After a lengthy application, I was delighted to hear from the Hertfordshire Community Foundation to say they were awarding us £1000 for ongoing costs. This money will go such a long way in securing our future for 2019, and relaxes me somewhat as I plan for the future. It’s never been more important to secure the funding as I now see what a lifeline the club is for so many people. I’m very committed to ensuring our lunches remain at the highest standard we have set from the very beginning, and to continue accepting registration forms.

Our next lunch will see us celebrating Armistice, with local singer Diane Moore-Cowell coming to sing her ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ set. Flags at the ready! See you on the Sunday 4th November.

Sunday 26th August – a bank holiday feast

Sunday 26thAugust saw us serve our second lunch at the new venue, and what a difference a bit of forward planning (and experience) makes! Last month was understandably a bit frantic – new venue, new equipment, new everything. This time round though, the mood and environment was positively calmer and more organised thanks to our fab team.

I have to say, I personally felt it was the calmest we had been. A few of us noted it could be the weather (it was pouring down!) and I agreed to a degree, but I think we genuinely were more organised and knew what needed to be done. We are all getting into a routine now, and as well as learning more about the guests, we are learning more about how to pull off such a huge task efficiently and promptly.

The club continues to grow and grow in numbers, and I really feel we are starting to reach the ones most in need of company. Thank you to our friends at The Bishop’s Stortford Independent, The Flyer and local businesses displaying flyers, I’m getting calls each month of new people wanting to come and have lunch with us, which is great. It’s lovely for me as on the rare times I actually get to chat on the phone with them (messages are mainly left for me!), I get to have an informal chat with them first and learn all about them and ease any concerns they have about joining. I’m welcoming more and more people who are literally writing ‘no-one’ in their next of kin boxes. They now have us to call their friends, and suddenly their world is just that bit bigger.

Lunch this month was roast chicken with stuffing, potatoes and veg, followed by homemade jam roly poly! Reaping the benefits as a volunteer certainly sat well with me this month as this is my absolute favourite. Top marks to my Godmother Annabel who was on custard duties – ten or so pints of custard doesn’t seem to phase you as much as it did back in February but be warned people, don’t distract her while she’s counting!

In the background, the club continues to be embraced by people far and wide. We have had a number of funding successes with grants from Hertfordshire Community Foundation, Herts County Council, and fingers crossed the Postcode Lottery. As some of you may have seen too, The Bishop’s Stortford Bowls Club fundraised and divided their total figure between 3 very worthy causes – The Welbeloved Club being one. Raffle prizes continue to flood in, kind messages and cards of support, freebies in many forms and just a general sense of endorsement and recognition. Mandeville Primary School in Sawbridgeworth have selected The Welbeloved Club for their harvest festival collection, and are coming along to our December lunch to sing us some carols!

I drove through Bishop’s Stortford town the other afternoon, and I saw two ladies who attend The Welbeloved Club, together! Neither knew each other before joining and now here they are, wandering around the town together. It may not seem much, but this is exactly what is supposed to happen. We run only once a month, so there really is no need to wait a whole month to see your new friends. These two lovely ladies are proof what we are promoting truly does work! What’s more, it’s proof instilling just a little confidence and reassurance that you’re never too old to make new friends works a charm if you allow it to.

To date, we have 95 people on our books. It’s a phenomenal amount, and a number that just keeps growing. We can only do what we can do, but it’s further proof that something needs to change. This is just across two small towns – imagine how many more people are out there in need of some companionship. Please reach out to someone you know who may need a friend. It could be a neighbour, a friend of a friend, or simply someone you see every week in your local coffee shop. Say hello! Offer them an ear. Bake them cake, take them for lunch, drink tea. Or, give them a lift to The Welbeloved Club.

See you in October!

The Bishop’s Stortford Talking Newspaper


I had no idea this existed! And I’m told it’s not just in Bishop’s Stortford – many are running a similar concept across the country.

Richard Barnett got in touch with me a while ago, and asked if he could interview me for the newspaper, all about The Welbeloved Club. I felt very honoured to have been asked so of course I said yes!

I headed over to Herts and Essex hospital where there happens to be a radio studio (who knew?!) so I felt very special. I was also given the chance to talk about my current place of work, St Elizabeth’s Centre in Much Hadham! They too do fantastic work to support people of all ages with epilepsy and other complex conditions.

The newspaper itself is a fantastic initiative that enables people who are visually impaired or just struggle to read a paper in it’s physical form to keep up to date with the local news. It was a no brainer to say yes to Richard!

You can listen to my interview below:

Sunday 5th August – our move into expansion…


For those of you that have been following The Welbeloved Club, you will know that right from the off, our demand has been phenomenal. First and foremost, it is the biggest compliment anyone could pay us, that they love coming to have lunch with us so much that we had to plan for expansion quite quickly. All of the stress linked to expanding is softened greatly by this level of support.

I warn you now – this blog post is mainly going to be full of thanks and praise to lots of people but please do read it…it’s a shining example of the local community coming together.

The need for expansion is just one piece of the puzzle. Facilitating this huge task (and it really is a huge task) is another ball game. It has meant we have been calling on all sorts of people for help and support, shamelessly asking for donations or second-hand equipment, marketing exposure, volunteers, advice and so on. You name it, we’ve asked for it! So, it’s only right we firstly thank the following people and local businesses for their incredible support in making this happen:

Peter and Trish at Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall – I approached them a few months ago about potentially using their hall as a new venue for our lunches and the support we have had since has been more than we could ever have hoped for. They made a huge investment in new equipment for us, both crockery-based items and the servicing of the oven, a new extractor fan and installing a dishwasher. They continue to be on hand any time of day and came in on Sunday to support us. No problem has been too big or too small, thank you. A huge thank you also to Debbie at The Hailey Centre, who let us borrow the huge pots and pans whilst we sort our own.

All of the support from local businesses – Stephen Butchers, Bishop’s Stortford Independent, Nockolds Solicitors, Nevilles UK, Buzz Catering, Bishop’s Stortford Bowls Club…the list goes on! You have all played a huge part in our success, especially our expansion. Fundraising, discounts, exposure, donations, you’ve done it all and with no questions asked.

Jean Palfreman – you absolute star! For many, to never hear the term GDPR again would be too soon. We have a lot of sensitive data, and Jean (who works full time anyway) revised all of our documents, policies and procedures to ensure we were GDPR compliant. It’s something that could have shut us down so I’m so grateful for your expertise on this.

Our team of volunteers! Wow, what a team you are. I mention you every time I write a blog, but it’s important I tell you how much you contribute to the success of this project. I planned and planned and planned for Sunday, but there was no way of me actually pulling it off without you all. We had more to do this month, and not just because we were feeding more people. We had setting up and clearing away to do, packing and unpacking boxes, and mainly – using our imagination for a lot of things! Teething problems were expected but there wasn’t anything you guys weren’t prepared to do. To those of you who do our laundry, driving, shopping…gahhh where does the list end?? I can’t say any more than THANK YOU. We’ve had a few missing the past few months as we come into holiday season but I can’t wait to have you all back!

And my Mum! Mum I know you are probably going to cry reading this but it doesn’t take much these days! Mum (with a team of sweaty, amazing volunteers) made a two course HOT meal for just over 70 people on Sunday. Not only this, but she took charge of basically ordering everything we were going to need and worked tirelessly throughout the month to make sure we were as ready as we could be. Other than signing up the newbies, I barely did a thing (I did pick the chicken up, to be fair)! I put a solid 10-hour shift in the day before, but all credit goes to Mum. Get this though, half way through she had a bit of a moment, and felt she was ‘letting people down’, and not in control of the situation. Mum, I hope you realise this club would be absolutely nothing without you. My ‘idea’ was just that, an idea. Our guests come for food and my god, do they get it. Thank you for recognising and supporting what I’m trying to do.


Right, now for some stats. Very briefly, to pull this off we spent in the region of £700-800. That’s not including the kind support we have received from outside parties. Thanks to all of you, we’ve been able to keep at a steady flow and managed to keep enough in the bank to purchase everything we’ve needed.

We served over 70 meals on Sunday, to both guests and volunteers. Imagine the atmosphere in that room! We’ve all come together for one reason – being together is better than being alone.

Now, I can’t leave without talking about our wonderful guests. Oh how wonderful they are! Every time one of us came back to the kitchen, we had a conversation to repeat. I think we would all agree, the best thing about getting to a certain age is the lack of ‘filter’, and the decreasing worry of being ‘careful what you say’. I want to share some of our recent success stories as this is ultimately the most important part of The Welbeloved Club, and what our whole constitution is based around.

We have two ladies who joined a few months ago. They both live alone, they are both lonely and both find Sundays particularly difficult. These two ladies sat next to each other the month before last and got chatting almost instantly. Jump forward a few months, I’m told they not only exchanged numbers, but they’ve been for lunch with each other TWICE! Côte in Stortford I believe was one ‘date’. I mean, wow. I had always hoped this sort of thing would happen but to actually hear it is such an incredible feeling.

The second story I wanted to share with you was about a new lady we had join us for lunch this month. I spoke to her daughter a few weeks before and arranged a welcome pack to go out. I then spoke to the lady herself a few days later as she was feeling very anxious about coming. She explained to me that she has come to terms with the fact she is lonely, but at 84 she feels very ‘out of touch’ with how to make new friends. The day arrived and I was pleased to see she decided to come regardless of her anxieties. From the off I could see she was very nervous, with her asking if it would be ok to leave early if it wasn’t for her. I introduced her to a table and within an hour (I kid you not), she approached me and asked me to phone her daughter to cancel her lift. “Why?” I asked. “I’ve made friends with the lady sitting next to me and she is now going to take me home instead.” I could have cried right there on the spot. My work here is done!

It’s a longer blog than normal this month, but one full of successes, thanks and admiration that could not have been made any smaller! Our next lunch falls over the Bank Holiday weekend – Sunday 26thAugust. We have had to move our September lunch, so we now get a month off! Then service is resumed as normal in October.

Thank you all for reading, see you in a few weeks!

Sunday 1st July…our last at 48!

Cor, we just love you lot so much that we now want to cater for more of you! As I’ve said in previous posts, the demand for The Welbeloved Club has been phenomenal and as a result, Sunday 1stJuly was our last lunch at The Hailey Centre. We want to thank the Centre for all of their help and guidance in getting our club off the ground, and for advertising for us! Many of our clients also attend The Hailey Centre so it’s been a wonderful example of two organisations working together for the same goal.

So now, we move to Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall where we can cater for up to 100 guests rather than 48. A huge step up but absolutely achievable thanks to the hospitality and generosity of local businesses and charities, especially our new venue. They have so very kindly offered to support us in purchasing new equipment and have been on hand every day to support us through this transition. I work full-time, and run The Welbeloved Club completely voluntarily, so the offers of help in every form have meant the world. We have people washing and ironing, sorting our dreaded GDPR policies, doing our accounts, giving us money and so much more! Thank you to all of you, you know who you are.


This month was supposed to be a Wimbledon theme, but I think the memo got lost especially for me! However, given the weather and how warm it was for our guests, we felt it was only appropriate to provide a lighter (but just as tasty!) lunch consisting of homemade egg and bacon quiche with potatoes and salad, with I guess a ‘Wimbledon’ pudding in the form of strawberries, meringue and cream. Safe to say it was warmly received with hardly any coming back again!

I always talk of a ‘warm’ environment, but never quite so literally! I think it’s fair to say the hall was very toasty despite our best efforts to keep it cool, so you can imagine working in this heat and the kitchen wasn’t the most pleasant experience. However, the volunteers worked their bums off yet again to deliver such fantastic service. The washing up still got done, the food and drinks were still served and cleared away and nobody complained at all. In fact, it was probably me moaning the most about how sweaty it was for us all!

When our guests leave, we get the standard ‘it was very nice’ and ‘it was very tasty’ and, ‘I won’t eat for a week!’, but it’s the comments we get and the cards we receive in the following days that mean the most. Good food can only go so far, but for me it appears the atmosphere we are creating is what brings people back every time. It’s the attention to detail that people notice, and above all it’s the reassurance that despite your age and what has led you to this point in your life, you are not alone. We love spending time with you, and hope that by spending your Sunday with us, it makes a lonely weekend just a bit more bearable.


I’m told that guests are swapping numbers with each other and even giving each other a lift there and back. Could we have hoped for better by the way??? They’ve made friends, because of us. My job here is done! Almost. We also have guests arriving who, on their first go were full of apprehension and clinging onto their adult children, as if arriving for their first day at nursery. Jump forward a few months, they barely share a kiss goodbye with them! They are off on their mission to find their favourite seat and the rest is history. Joking aside, that actually makes me quite emotional. We have facilitated something that at 80 odd years old, you would never have tried. You resign yourself to old age and consider yourself ‘too old’ to try something new. We’ve helped you break down those barriers and are living proof it’s never too old to make some friends.

Come and join us on the 5thAugust at our brand new venue, and bring all of your family and friends!