Under normal circumstances, The 37 Club is a vibrant part of local life with an extensive bar and restaurant menu along with a varied entertainment calendar. But the Covid crisis brought this popular social club to a close on 23rd March with the staff on furlough. The impact of Covid-19 in general was felt across community life. For those most vulnerable groups during lockdown that uncertainty was being unable to access the nutritious food they need to improve and maintain their health.
In response, Gravity working alongside community stakeholders including Puriton & Woolavington Parish Councils and The 37 Club, decided to re-open the 37 Club’s kitchen to establish a meal delivery service that would produce and deliver much needed hot meals and support to those most in need.
The tireless efforts from our very own local heroes whom volunteered countless hours to ensure that the most vulnerable within Gravity’s surrounding communities were fed and received what human contact was permitted. Through the 12 weeks the service ran for, almost 7,500 meals were delivered.
Paul Lowndes, Gravity Programme Director, said: “I’m just amazed and delighted at the speed and willingness for everyone to get on board to make sure all of the people in this situation have a hot meal. To all of the fabulous volunteers supplying and delivering all of the food: thank you.”
The responses from those receiving the meals were amazing, many wrote warm, heartfelt messages of appreciation to everyone who made the service possible. Those cards are on display at The 37 Club.
Messages from the community
Please could you pass on our grateful thanks to all involved in delivering delicious meals to us over the last 12 weeks. This has been so helpful, during lockdown especially. We are so aware that many people have been involved in supply, cooking and delivering them to us and we would like them all to know of our appreciation for the time they have given to volunteer in this service.
We will miss our friendly meal providers and deliverers! But wish them well as we all slowly return to the new normal! With our heartfelt thanks………Margaret Hart and Diane Woosley
Thank you so much for allowing me to receive the lovely meals cooked at 37club during the lockdown. They were a lifeline to us living alone and gave us something to look forward to each day. Will miss the daily delivery now. Much appreciated and a big thank you to everyone concerned.Jan Shingfield
Gravity would like to thank everybody who contributed to the service, with a special mention to Jan, Sandy, Sandra and Rachel of The 37 Club who volunteered their time to cook each and every of the delivered meals.
These achievements are the result of a huge collaborative effort driven by a unique community spirit with the willingness to look after its neighbours. The Gravity team hopes the actions exhibited during lockdown will be remembered for years to come.