40 years of helping others in Forfar

IN SEPTEMBER, Macmillan Cancer Support Committees across the UK take part in the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’.

For one committee in particular this will be a very special year as this will be the 40th coffee morning held in Forfar by the local group.

Mrs Lynda Ewing, committee chairman, said: “The first committee was set up in 1972 with Mrs Margaret Thorpe as chairman and as she was, at that time, Forfar’s Provost - one of her ‘perks’ was that she could use the Town Hall for functions.

“And so the very first coffee morning was held in these grand surroundings.

“Each committee member provided a different sandwich filling, the crusts had to be removed and each round cut diagonally into four triangles.

“We used 64 pints of milk and all this was donated by committee members and friends.

“Tickets were sold for 10 pence each - those were the good old days.”

In 1974 the coffee morning relocated to the Regal Cafe and then St John’s Church hall once Mrs Violet Calendar took over as chairman.

In fact, there has only been three chairmen since the committee was founded 40 years ago and Mrs Ewing has held the position for 12 years.

She continued:”We have had many people help raise funds over the past 40 years, and the committee would like to take this opportunity to thank them and the many organisations, and people of Forfar, for their continued support.”

One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer and two million people are living with and beyond a diagnosis. In Britain, 800 people will be diagnosed each day - Macmillan Cancer Support is there to ensure they don’t have to face it alone.

The next coffee morning will be held on Saturday, September 8, in the Guide Hall at 10am. So why not go along with family and friends safe in the knowledge that you are supporting a good cause?