Member of Parliament visits Public Outreach Day
On Saturday August 3rd, Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, joined the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in St. Leonards-on-Sea. It was the Brethren’s second Public Outreach Day of 2013 and followed on from a successful event last year.
Free food for all
It was a very welcoming atmosphere, enjoyed by over fifty people of all ages and from many walks of life. As always, food was provided for everyone, free of charge. Much to some people’s surprise!
Freshly cooked gourmet hamburgers and chips along with soft drinks and ice-creams straight from an ice-cream van were enjoyed by all.
Charlton Brooker had been invited by one of his friends and brought Ralph, his young son along. He really enjoyed the ice-cream. Jim Truman even had a second cone — after all, they really were free that day.
As well as free food, the Brethren team distributed bibles which were warmly received by many of the attendees.
Amber was keen to know more about the work of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church. She was also particularly interested to find out how receptive members of the general public were to the gift of a bible.
During her visit, she took the opportunity to chat to a number of Brethren and also to several members of the public who were quick to endorse the event.
Jim and Sue Truman from Hollington said they were thrilled to meet her. They told her how much they enjoyed being there and that they had attended the event previously.
A much-needed service to the community
Hastings is known as a deprived area where the residents face many challenging issues including poor transport links such as the A21, in particular.
Speaking to a reporter, the visiting MP stated that the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church provided a much-needed service to the Hastings community. Thanks to the PBCC, no-one needed to go hungry in Hastings that Saturday and many are hoping for another event soon.