When the chips are down, Sheffield councillors step in to help lunch club

Members of a lunch club which was forced to close during the pandemic were delighted to have a doorstep delivery of fish and chips.

By Lucy Ashton, Local Democracy Reporter
Friday, 26th February 2021, 2:42 pm

Liberal Democrat councillors in Ecclesall gave a helping hand at the St William’s Church Lunch Club by distributing a chippie meal to members.

The Ecclesall Road club was an important fixture in the lives of its members pre-Covid and is being sorely missed.

Most of the members have been in isolation since the first lockdown so getting someone to nip out for a fish and chips was a small reminder of normal life.

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Councillors Shaffaq Mohammed and Barbara Masters

Councillors Roger Davison, Barbara Masters and Shaffaq Mohammed were helped out by Two Steps Fish and Chips Shop on Sharrow Vale Road.

They worked with Jenny Allen and Nicky Percival from St William’s Church to deliver piping hot fish, chips, and mushy peas to a number of addresses.

Coun Davison said: “It was a pleasure to help out and we could see how much it was appreciated. They hadn’t been able to taste a meal from a chippie for nearly a year and were really grateful.

“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how important it is for us to pull together as a community. Hopefully this will not only remind the clients of good times before Covid, but also a view of what is coming around the corner when all of this is over.”

Jenny Allen, one of the organisers of the club, said: “They were so pleased to have something different and almost normal, it really brightened up their day.

“Although they couldn’t meet together, which they’re all so desperate to do, they were all having the same lunch at the same time, giving them a feeling of solidarity.”

Several members sent notes and phone calls of thanks and one suggested it should be a weekly treat.


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