Welwyn Hatfield charity holds thanksgiving event

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 April 2016

Welwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks with her husband Ian (left), and Sean Cox

Welwyn Hatfield mayor Lynne Sparks with her husband Ian (left), and Sean Cox


A Welwyn Hatfield charity held an annual service to remember members who died during the year.

The Mixed Group, which provides Christmas Day meals for the lonely and elderly, held the thanksgiving celebration in the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady, Queen of Apostles, in Woodhall, WGC.

Mayor, councillor Lynne Sparks, and her husband Ian were in attendance along with councillors Lynn and Alan Chesterman. Father Norbert Fernandes led the service and councillor Sparks read a series of prayers.

The event, earlier this month, was designed to allow charity helpers to meet socially and remember volunteers who had died during the year, or pray for those who were unable to attend due to illness.

After the service, about 40 people were treated to tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes, as well as a glass of wine or soft drinks.

The Mixed Group founder Sean Cox MBE said: “It was very relaxed and sociable, and nice to show our appreciation to various supporters who are not core members.

“Also, we had a few who used to be very active helpers, so it was a very pleasant occasion.”

Mr Cox also spoke warmly of mayor Lynne Sparks, and said her reading the prayers was a “very nice gesture”.

“She is very busy and she and her husband have supported us for quite a number of years, so it was nice of her to come down,” he added.

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