Date: Wednesday 19 March 2014
When Tim Parry and his partner Kevin Patching moved into their new home at our popular Queensacre development in Church Crookham, Hampshire, they wasted no time in getting to know their neighbours.
In fact, the couple became such good friends with their neighbours the group decided to organise their own version of Channel 4’s hit programme Come Dine With Me.
The dinner party-style competition gives the Queensacre residents the chance to show off their culinary skills while building a sense of community spirit.
Tim (38), a HR manager, says: “We moved in to our new house in December 2012 on the same day as our next-door neighbours, then a few days later a couple moved into the house next door to them.
“We did something similar with our neighbours where we used to live, and when I suggested a Come Dine With Me-type event at Queensacre, everyone thought it was a great idea.
“We have one dinner party per month and we issue the menu in advance and post it through each others’ letterboxes. We’ll then award a score on the evening in a sealed envelope and on the last night we all open the scores to see who has won.
“Everyone has been very enthusiastic about it and it’s a fun way to get to know your neighbours and create a close-knit community. Our next theme is going to be afternoon tea, which I’m really looking forward to!”
The neighbours cooking up a storm together are Tim and Kevin, Joanne Munro-Smith and her husband Rob Smith, and Arthur Tay and his wife Kim Au.