On Tuesday 3rd December 150 Rotary Club members attended a celebratory evening of Christmas food and drink at Cranstons new Orton Grange Food Hall.
Children from Lime House School choir sang Christmas carols as guests were greeted with Gretna Bakery mince pies and mulled wine. Local suppliers Saunders Chocolates, Gretna Bakery, Claires Handmade and Hesket Newmarket Brewery chatted to guests about their products and offered free ‘tasters’.
Managing Director Philip Cranston and Food Hall Manager Peter Potts demonstrated a range of butchery skills throughout the evening, including preparation of game and Christmas Poultry, whilst Café Oswald’s Head Chef Nick King showed guests how to prepare Christmas canapés.
Philip Cranston said “We are thrilled to have raised £1,600 for Hospice Home Carlisle & North Lakeland in partnership with the Rotary Club of Carlisle through this fun event. A similar night at Penrith on 21st November raised £2300 so this year’s Christmas fund-raising total will be the highest yet for Cranstons.
Michael Pearson, President of the Rotary Club of Carlisle said “The Rotary Club of Carlisle are pleased to be associated with Cranstons to help the club raise funds for The Hospice at home Carlisle and North Lakeland - one of their main charities for this year. The event was well attended and enjoyed by all who came along.”
The second phase of Cranstons’ fund-raising drive, a 20p donation from every Large Pork Pie and 4p from every Small Pork Pie sold this Christmas, is now underway. These products are available from any of Cranstons six stores.