Entertaining lunch date with local celebrity

Jane Steel, Trustee and member of the Puzzle Centre local fundraising committee, with guest speaker auctioneer Charlie Ross.
Jane Steel, Trustee and member of the Puzzle Centre local fundraising committee, with guest speaker auctioneer Charlie Ross.

MEMBERS of the First Words Lunch Club which supports the work of the Puzzle Centre, in Middle Claydon, came together for the club’s latest lunch date at the Old Thatched Inn at Adstock last week.

They were entertained by local auctioneer and TV personality Charlie Ross, who gave a very amusing and interesting talk on the value of various antiques which he brought along with him.

The First Words Lunch Club has raised more than £2,000 in its first year to support the work of the Puzzle Centre, which provides specialist early help and education for young children with autism and other communication difficulties and their families.

Puzzle’s principal, Alex Stanyer, said: “Every penny that is raised for Puzzle goes towards directly helping the young children who attend our centre.

“I am so grateful for the tremendous support given by Andy Judge and his staff at the Old Thatched Inn and also to all the members of the lunch club and to Charlie Ross for giving freely of their time to sustain our work.”

Puzzle has a growing national reputation for early intervention for this vulnerable group of children and families. Find out more at www.puzzlecentre.org.uk

The First Words Lunch Club has held three lunches in its first year and the new year for membership starts in April. Anyone who is interested in joining should contact Isabelle Durnford at fwlclub@gmail.com or 01280 824326.