Regretfully Forward Together lunches have been suspended due to the Corona virus. We will commence as soon as we are able
About Forward Together
Forward Together began in 1986. Originally it was formed to become a weekly ‘Leisure Day’ providing an interest for older people who could take advantage of the company of others whilst enjoying a hot meal at lunch time. The organiser for many years was Ken Dransfield, who was a much-loved church family member.
In 2011 Forward Together celebrated its 25th anniversary in style and was honoured with a visit from local dignitaries including the mayor of Harrogate and Mr Andrew Jones, the MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough.
Forward Together kept its original format throughout the 25 years: coffee served from 10am; a lecture at 11am; followed by lunch and then poetry and readings. This continued until a few years ago when a drop in the number of lunches served gradually dropped from 75-80, to the 20 it is today. Nevertheless it is an important part of Wesley’s outreach and is very much appreciated by those who attend. A recent comment from one of our organisers confirmed this: ‘when we close for the Christmas break our regulars don’t like it’.
The organisation involves a host of volunteers, particularly in the kitchen where much of the work is done. We have been delighted in recent years to welcome volunteers from other churches in the circuit and other voluntary organisations, without whom we would struggle to provide this weekly service throughout the year.
On special occasions, like Christmas and Easter, services are held in the church