Syrian supper a sumptuous success!

A SUCCESSFUL supper event kicked off the fundraising campaign for the Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme, which hopes to resettle a refugee family from Syria in the local area. 

The varied menu, served at Uplyme Village Hall on Saturday evening, delighted the 60 supporters and guests with a huge range of flavours, textures and colours, inspired by Syrian cuisine – said to be some of the finest in the Middle East.

The sell-out meal started with hummus, labneh soft cheese, homemade pickled vegetables, olives, beetroot and yoghurt salad accompanied by freshly-made flatbreads. Main courses included kefte or dawood basha, minced lamb and wild game meatballs flavoured with cumin, fennel seeds and dried oregano, baked in a tomato sauce and served with rice and toasted pine nuts.

There was also a roasted butternut squash dish with a variety of textures and delicately spiced flavours, and tabakh rohoo, a vegetable stew including aubergine, carrots and lentils, flavoured with pickled lemons, saffron, ginger and raisins served with couscous.

The puddings were light, colourful and tasty with rose petals and pistachios, honey and nuts.

The attention to detail shown in the menu was echoed throughout the evening with beautiful table settings and displays, an entertaining and informative quiz about Syria, a generous raffle, and bar service with a selection of wines and beer.

Young volunteers from the Woodroffe School served the meal.

Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme would like to thank Uplyme Stores, Colyton Butchers, Trill Farm, Tesco and Amid Giants and Idols for their generous support, and the team of organisers, supporters and helpers.

The next fundraiser is a one-woman play, written and performed by West Dorset resident Catherine Dyson, exploring issues of movement, identity and belonging from the perspective of a 13 year-old girl.

This will be held at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Wednesday, April 24.

A spokesperson from Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme commented: “We have set ambitious fundraising targets and other exciting community events are planned, ranging from activities at fairs and festivals to an auction of promises, a community supper, a butchery masterclass, clothes sale and a jazz concert in the Uplyme Parish Church on Saturday, June 1.

“Local schools, churches and community groups are getting involved and groups of volunteers are researching the health, education, housing, benefits, language, religious and cultural provision in both Devon and Dorset to construct a resettlement plan which will be considered by local authority and then the Home Office.”

The Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme aims to resettle a refugee family from Syria under the Home Office Resettlement programme in the Lyme Regis and Uplyme area. Supporters and volunteers are very welcome to join and the group is particularly keen to hear from property owners and landlords who would be willing to rent their house to a resettled Syrian family.

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