London Grange hosts early Thanksgiving

Locals and members of the London Grange enjoy its 65th annual Thanksgiving Potluck last Sunday, during which a raffle was held to raise funds for other local community services.

London Grange hosted its 65th annual Thanksgiving potluck Sunday afternoon, packing its hall and filling bellies with a buffet of local eats.

“This is a way for the community to come together,” said Alice Nowicki, chapter president of the London Grange. “And we appreciate the community for involving us.”

With a turnout of 82 people, London Grange provided turkey, ham, potatoes and gravy while community members lined the tables with homemade dishes and desserts.

As plates emptied, food, beverages, chocolate and a quilt topper were raffled off to the crowd.

“All of that money that we gained from that goes into our community service projects,” said Nowicki. “We do food boxes for our community out here and other services.”

Proceeds from the event will also be put toward local services which include quilting, a neighborhood watch program and emergency preparedness education.

The London Grange also sponsors the London Springs 4-H Community Club, which provides youth activities in the area.

“Coming up, there are new programs we are hoping to get going with the [London] school,” said Nowicki. “The school wants to have bingo, so we’re providing them with a spot to have that for a fundraiser.”

The London Grange has been hosting Thanksgiving potlucks since it gained its charter in 1954 and hosts a community potluck the first Friday of every month at 6 p.m.

“People can come and join us. If they want to bring a dish they can, or they can pop in and enjoy our fellowship,” said Nowicki.

A membership meeting is held the third Friday of every month, also at 6 p.m.

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