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When the club decided to go down the route of the paid membership scheme. One of the things linked with it was to donate part of that fee toward a charity close to the clubs heart. Earlier in the year we were invited to be involved in the JPC Community Farm event at Wynyard Hall in August. On the back of the great event, we had the opportunity today to attend the opening of the Orangey Cafe at the JPC headquarters just south of Middlesbrough.

All club staff were in attendance for this and braved the cold snap which had set in the area. Just as you enter the farm you can see what a special location it is giving families out there a place where they can get away from the day to day life. The farm can offer their loved ones somewhere to visit either as a holiday or something more long term with care provided around the clock.

First up was the Orangey Cafe. A lovely welcome in out of the cold and staff were brilliant getting us sorted with being quick to take our drink options. Following which had us reveal the club charity banner made for JPC to have on show within the cafe. A great addition to the venue to show our support to such an amazing charity.

A 2/3 course option was available at the price of £21.95/£24.95. All of which opted for the 3 course meal and it didn’t disappoint. With it being a soft opening the menu was set covering a good range of options available including vegetarian alternatives.

To start with I had Wild Pear & Goats Cheese with Rocket and Balasmic Glaze which was delicious. Just what you need to get ready for the main meal.

Next up was the main event. A roast beef dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone’s eyes popping out and not a plate left. I’d go as far to say this one of the nicest roast dinners I’ve had the pleasure of eating.

Last up, the grand finale. Sticky Toffee Pudding & Ice Cream and with every bite you didn’t want it to end.

The staff on hand were brilliant in their hospitality. They couldn’t have done anymore for us.

While we had time to digest our main meal. Paul Connaughton provided a guided tour of the farm and it’s facilities to showcase what they offer families on site for the future. The chance to see each apartment available knowing those who do have the opportunity to stay on site. They’re in the best of care. What I loved personally was that there is still a lot more to come. A fantastic backdrop with some stunning views will give clients the freedom to explore around the farm with a dedicated section on the plot that will feature a mixture of animals as an added extra.

An education room will also be available offering those a chance to learn and build for their future. Lastly we were informed that they have a 24 hour emergency room available so should the worst happen to any client be it themselves or family members, there is a place on hand with care available to help anytime.

You couldn’t help but be hooked to Paul’s passion and all the incredible plans that are coming soon.

We all came away from the event today just stunned with how perfect it all was. We will be looking during 2020 to have another meal type event with our club members in attendance. Trust me, you don’t want to miss out.

A brilliant way to cap off an unreal 2019 for what we have achieved as a club. I’m so proud with all the effort everyone has put in to this and we’re just getting started.

I’d like to thank everyone involved today from JPC Community Farm, The Orangey Cafe and our club staff for finishing our year on a real high. Here’s to 2020 and I can’t wait for us to build on this amazing partnership.


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