My current wife has been tasked with the job of organising a Christmas party for the charity she is a voluntary worker in. To date, she's been thinking along the lines of what they did last year, which was basically a Christmas dinner in a pub. So she's been downloading menus off the net from all the local pubs and I've been telling her to call the manager of every pub, tell them you're a charity with limited funds, you'd prefer to hold it in the village where the charity is based, but other members travel in from further afield, and are making suggestions closer to their homes. Entirely untue, of course, because nobody wants to get lumberered with organising such things. So I've told her to play the pubs off against each other for the best deal with the prospect that neither would win if a distant pub offer a better deal. But today she told me that the Ashford branch had organised a buffet meal prepared by a local school, so it occurs to me that there''s an enterprise that could be rolled out for every school with a food room if the will existed. Events requiring catering occur every day of the week. Schools have the facilies to provide and staff with training in food hygene. Profits could be split down the middle between the school and the teachers giving their time, and if you worked it right with the school management you'd get the profit the school made to be available for equipment and ingredients. Why not?