We have just had a wonderful summer visit to Growing Well, our favourite farm, and spent the morning touring the poly tunnels sampling the tomatoes and green beans and splitting the shallots so they could dry out and be packed. We all enjoyed a healthy picnic lunch in the yurt and can’t wait to go again! A couple of our guys signed up to become volunteers at Growing Well, too, […]

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We had a truly magical time this Wednesday morning with Nicola and the beautiful birds from The Owl Sanctuary in Barrow, as you can see. Lots of us got to hold and stroke the owls, the tiny ones and the ones that were more of an armful!   (The pair of beauties with the huge talons and striking amber eyes at the top with Angela are called Bonnie and Clyde […]

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One busy lunchtime in July the Kitchen Crew had a surprise visit from the inspectors for the Food Standards Agency. They checked the cleanliness of the kitchen, the procedures that we follow and the records that we keep and about a week later we got the certificate in the post with the top score of 5 (‘very good’)! Nobody needed to tell us that our kitchen is 5-star but no […]

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On Wednesday 25 July, Miguel, our chef from Briery Wood Hotel in Windermere, treated us all to a World Cup-winning menu of Chicken Chasseur, French bread and Lemon Meringue Pie. Merci Beaucoup, Miguel!

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After 2 hours of spine-tingling songs about welcome and standing up for our fellow human beings, the audience at our Winter Shelter Fundraiser on Saturday got to their feet to give 83-year old folk legend Roy Bailey a heartfelt ovation. At least one song – ‘Welcome’ – could have been written for the Shelter: ‘I’ll be there beside you, to stand up for your rights/I will harbor you; I’ll fight […]

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Congratulations to Penny and Andrea for organising a great Garden Party on Saturday on Gooseholme. Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped out on 9 different stalls all afternoon and especially Chris Mullen (and friends) for keeping everyone in the party mood by providing live music (and lots to sing along to) for over 3 hours! A happy time was had by all – lots of old friends caught […]

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To make sure everyone has a chance to buy tickets for this amazing raffle, online and in person (we sold quite a lot more at the Manna House Garden Party on Saturday and volunteers all over the county are selling them, too), CADAS have decided to extend the deadline to 4pm on Tuesday 14 August. So you’ve still got plenty of time to take a punt at winning a week […]

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Thanks to Eric Lee of the British Red Cross for another great session on emergency first aid, this time for our Wednesday Workshop gang. Everyone joined in practising CPR using a dummy and a defib and we all felt more confident to do the right thing in the event of a medical emergency after his memorable, rib tickling session! Eric has promised to come back in the Autumn for anyone […]

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The lovely Manna House Kitchen Crew are looking for people who would be happy to take a lead in the kitchen on Fridays – the day when both of our in-house chefs are working elsewhere. Ingredients (and recipes) are provided – as well as willing volunteers to help with prep, serving and clearing up. If you’d like a crack at cooking for our clients (we serve lunch at about 12.30) […]

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Look what just landed at Manna House today! The first print run of Richard’s fascinating book of fisherman’s tales from a life spent fishing in Cumbria and the borders of Scotland – all kinds of fishing in all kinds of places, with differing rates of success, too, but he seems to have loved pretty much all of it. We’ve always enjoyed listening to Richard’s tales at Manna House but now […]

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