Christmas Day 2016
Amazing food, laughter, gentleness, peace and goodwill
Amazing food, laughter, gentleness, peace and goodwill, were in abundance at Farnham’s Christmas Day Lunch for people who would otherwise have spent the day on their own. As in former years, the lunch was held at the Gostrey Centre.
Sixty or more Farnham residents, at tables of eight, chatted and joked as they enjoyed roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas Pudding and wine. From the moment they arrived, to their departure with a goodbye gift, guests were the superstars of the day.
For the many volunteer helpers, from all walks of Farnham life, it was a privilege to be involved and an important part of their own Christmas celebration.
Visits by the Mayor and Mayoress of Waverley, Chris and Judith Storey and the Mayor and Mayoress of Farnham, John and Gillian Ward delighted everyone, making a great occasion truly memorable. Their presence was much appreciated.
Special thanks are due to David Beal for superb and happy cooking; to Morgan’s Butchers for donating the turkeys and other meats; and to the Dempster Trust, Farnham Hedgehogs, Care Farnham and The Bourne Show for their generous donations. A big thankyou also to Sainsbury’s and to Waitrose for their help.
The lunch was coordinated by Churches Together in Farnham. Messages of appreciation are being received and for guests and volunteer helpers the day is now a happy memory.
Report by Michael McDonnell