GUESTS at a special lunch at the Andover Methodist Church were treated to a Mayoral surprise for Valentine's Day.

The Souper Snack Lunch welcomed the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Alan Dowden, to their Lunch on Wednesday, February 15.

Guest were presented with a ‘jar of joy’ from the mayor to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. Each ‘jar of joy’ was hand-decorated, wrapped and filled with jelly beans as a little gift. Attitude of Gratitude Campaigner Manuela Wahnon created the jars.

Souper Snack Lunches are held each Wednesday afternoon.

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Organiser Revd Jill Bentall said: “The lunch is open to anyone, just show up. We are open from 1.20pm until 2.45pm for lunch, followed by a ‘Snack for the Soul’, for anyone who would like to stay for that.”

The lunches cost £4 and each guest gets to enjoy a filled roll, soup, something sweet and plenty of tea. It is open to all, but particularly good for people who may find themselves on eating on their own often.

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Andover Methodist took over hosting the lunches after the United Reformed Church closed last year.

Revd Andy Fitchet, Methodist Minister for Andover, said: “We are delighted to have the Souper Snack Lunch with us at the Methodist Church.

“It is part of the many different ways we try to use our building to be a safe and open space for all who need it.”