Cutting up the strawberries in preparation for their guests. RCMP members and a piper began the tea.

Cutting up the strawberries in preparation for their guests. RCMP members and a piper began the tea.

Strawberry tea lip smacking good, as always

Knox Presbyterian Church treats people to annual strawberry shortcakes

Seasonal strawberries were once again served up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the Knox Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, June 18.

Amy Chwojka, the coordinator of the event, said she had been hosting it for 37 years. When it first began, it was a small affair with a few tables and chairs. It has since grown tremendously.

“Over 475 strawberry shortcakes left Knox kitchen on June 18th,” summed up Pastor Gordon Kouwenberg. “They were enjoyed by the 80 people who came and ate at Knox, and then carried some home, as well as the 375 that were delivered to various locations in Sooke.”

The event was opened by four members of Sooke’s RCMP in their red serges: Cst. Sean Heidman, Cst. Jamie Robinson, Cpl. Joe Holmes, and Cst. Matt Rowat. Piping them in and opening the tea was Lynn Moffit with his bag pipes. The RCMP, who generally serve and protect their citizens, were there to serve the tea, coffee, and strawberry shortcakes.

“The people of Knox Church, Sooke are very grateful to the businesses and people of Sooke for their support in participating in our 37th Annual Strawberry Tea,” said the pastor. “The funds raised will continue to assist this historic congregation in their ongoing care for the community of Sooke.”