Fundraising effort has distinct flavour

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Leicester ladies auxiliary aims to bring back the ice cream social

LEICESTER The Leicester Fire Departments Ladies Auxiliary is trying to recreate some history.

Cool, sweet, tasty history.

The ladies auxiliary hosted its annual ice cream social recently at the Leicester Fire Hall to raise a little money for the fire department, but more importantly, to unite the community.

Fundraising effort has distinct flavour

LEICESTER The Leicester Fire Departments Ladies Auxiliary is trying to recreate some history.

Cool, sweet, tasty history.

The ladies auxiliary hosted its annual ice cream social recently at the Leicester Fire Hall to raise a little money for the fire department, but more importantly, to unite the community.

Years ago, when I was growing up in Leicester, wed have them all the time at the community hall. Back then we didnt have ice cream (at home) because most of us didnt have freezers, said ladies auxiliary member Linda Read. It got the community together. It gives people the time to sit and talk and get to know your neighbours.

Ice cream socials were frequent in the area 30 or 40 years ago and a few years ago the ladies auxiliary decided it was time to reinvent those good times by taking people away from their busy lives to have a conversation over a cone of ice cream, a sundae, a banana split, or strawberry shortcake.

Everyones so busy that you dont get to know your neighbours as well as you should. Its more about a social thing. We make a little bit of money for the fire department, but not a lot, said ladies auxiliary member Barb Lowther. You can come up here, have an ice cream and get to see somebody you havent seen since wintertime, probably. Everybodys busy, especially this time of year.

The first year the fire hall held the ice cream social, it didnt go so well, but the auxiliary decided to keep with it and its grown since.

We decided we enjoyed doing it, we enjoyed getting together and we figured the public enjoyed it, Read said. Its like our brunches that we have in the spring. Were growing and growing and we expect the ice cream social to do the same thing.

Its just an old-fashioned ice cream social, Lowther said.

Organizations: LEICESTER The Leicester Fire Departments Ladies Auxiliary

Geographic location: Leicester

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