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Pantomime stars visit Gussie’s Kitchen

Pantomime Stars Visit Gussie's Kitchen

Pantomime stars from this year’s Pomegranate Theatre production, visited Gussie’s Kitchen on Tuesday 10 December to spread festive cheer.

Cast members Spirit of the Beans, played by Janine Pardo, Fleshcreep played by Alexander Lee and Dame Trott played by Simon Howe took time out to meet families and volunteers in the community café.

The social eating project, which is volunteer led, is based at Saints Augustine Church on Derby Road, Chesterfield and provides hot, healthy meals to local people each week and gives the chance for people who may be isolated to meet and chat together.

Ian Waller, assistant director of health and wellbeing officer, said: “Gussie’s Kitchen is a fantastic community resource that allows residents who may be isolated to come along and meet other local people in a warm and friendly environment.

“The project is run by volunteers and is community led using food supplied by local Tesco branches and Saint Augustine’s Church.

“Chesterfield Borough Council declared a climate emergency earlier this year and is committed to looking at ways in which we can reduce food waste, recycle goods and reuse supplies to benefit the environment.

“Gussie’s Kitchen use Fareshare food to cook meals and also run a shop, providing a bag of groceries for a £2 donation aimed at assisting those in food poverty, or free to those who cannot pay; this is surplus in date food that cannot be used by the café before it’s sell by date.

“This is a great way for food to be used to benefit local people, as well as reducing food waste from the café and its suppliers.”

Gussie’s Kitchen is a social eating café, held every Tuesday afternoon, serving meals from 4pm, for fifty weeks of the year at St’s Augustine Church. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Jack and the Beanstalk is taking place at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, from Friday 6 December to Sunday 5 January 2020. To book tickets, visit or call the Chesterfield Theatres box office on 01246 345222.

First published on 12 December 2019 Last updated on 12 December 2019