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Good food, good company: Order members and Companions picnics for the homeless in central London

24 August 2020

Coffees ready to go

Companions and members have been running picnics in Golden Square, central London,  throughout August, with evening hot suppers on Mondays, takeaway breakfasts on Wednesdays for homeless guests. Many of the regulars look forward to seeing familiar faces and to a good chat.

PPE measures are always in place.

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