Pupils welcomed back with Roast Dinner Day

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Hosting Roast Dinner Day on the first day back to school was an interesting challenge for St Joseph’s School in Cranleigh.

As a Residential Special School where half our cohort are boarders; it was an opportunity to invite families who live some distance away and had not been able to attend Roast Dinner Days in previous years.

We were also joined by members of the local Chamber of Commerce, Community Allotment Group and Business Network International. In addition we were happy to welcome back ex-members of staff who joined our current learners and staff bringing the total meals provided to over 200.

One of our older learners who undertakes work experience in the kitchens, was kept very busy setting the tables!

Our locally sourced organic meat and vegetables are usually generously supplemented by fresh produce grown and harvested by learners during their horticulture lessons.

However since everyone had travelled home for the holidays, the kitchen staff found the fruit store not empty but certainly a little depleted; luckily there were still plenty of herbs in the herb trug.

The main course was Roast Beef, Homemade Fish Pie or Lentil Roast with Carrots, Cabbage and Gravy. Pudding was an eternal favourite of St Joseph’s home grown Apple-Oatie Crumble with Custard.

A wonderful warming dinner on a day that reminded us all that Winter is fast approaching.