The Matheson family from Wester Ross are gearing up for the WWII and Arctic Convoys Week (6th-11th May) in a very special way this year.
They are turning their refreshment stand into a real life NAAFI canteen.
Mum Freda, from Inverasdale, is taking on the mammoth task of co-ordinating all of the baking and refreshment for every one of the ‘bakers dozen’ events at Aultbea Village Hall during the fundraising week organised by the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum Project group.
The events in the programme range from specialist talks, film and music nights, family reunions tea party, Arctic Convoy Veterans get together lunches and much more. And Freda and family are ready to go.
Helping her out during the week will be her daughter, Maggs (pictured wiht her above) and her son, Donald, who will be looking after the Museum retail sales at Aultbea Village Hall where many of the talks and film shows will take place.
Then there’s her sister, Elizabeth, travelling west from from Inverness to help – and several other members of the family will be joining in.
Freda says: ‘WWII Week was so successful last year that we have turned it into an annual event and it has even more significance this year as we are hosting over 40 Arctic Convoy Veterans here in Wester Ross.
‘We are also holding the popular Families Reunion Tea Party on Friday 10th May to which the whole community is invited – to our real life NAAFI canteen at Aultbea Village Hall, a cup of tea, the chance to sample our baking and have a really good blether with friends and family’.
The Reunion Tea Party is at Aultbea Village Hall from 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Friday 10th May and is an opportunity to meet up with old friends from the area, as well as having chance to meet and chat with the Arctic Convoy Veterans.
There will be exhibition panels with many wartime stories from the local community, as well as a wartime sing-along and even an air raid siren.
Freda says: ‘I have researched wartime recipes and will be bringing along some authentically baked Anzac biscuits – named after Australia, New Zealand and allied countries. It will be a trip down memory lane.’
For further information on the eatables in the pipeline for the NAAFI canteen, contact Freda on 01445 781334 or 07803046938.
Go to the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum project website here for the full WWII Arctic Convoys Week programme of events.