Mystery man buys entire village fish and chips for 12 weeks
He's sorting out takeaway every Friday night
An anonymous man has ordered fish and chips for all 171 residents of Denchworth, Oxfordshire, and he plans to do so every Friday for at least 12 weeks.
The meals have been ordered from the Fox Inn, whose owner, Stephen Davidson, told the BBC: ‘He was prepared to fund, once a week, a takeaway for every member of the village.
Davidson disclosed that the fishy philanthropist said, 'he’d like to do it for a minimum of 12 weeks. Depending how things go he may up it to two a week.'
Clearly, this is a resident with plenty going spare. In addition to suggesting he might raise the order from once to twice a week, Stephen also mentioned that the man is willing to 'carry it on longer than that depending on the need and the take up on it.'
When asked about the man's choice to remain anonymous, Davidson said: ‘He doesn’t want to be the focus of attention for this. He thinks people like him who are fortunate to be in their situation should do something for their communities if at all possible.’
However, this is not only about supporting the villagers. According to Stephen, the man wishes to demonstrate ‘how important pubs are to village life’. The donor is successfully demonstrating that pubs are the centre of the rural community, and are therefore absolutely worth supporting and saving in this difficult time.
Of course, Stephen and his wife will cook the meals using strict hygiene standards and use a small team of volunteers wearing masks and disposable gloves to deliver to Denchworth residents. For residents who aren't mad on fish, Stephen might update the menu in future weeks to include curries or roast meals.