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Christmas Day 2017
Lunch at Farnham's Gostrey Centre


Once again, a festive lunch took place on Christmas Day at the Gostrey Centre for approximately 60 Farnham residents who would otherwise have spent this special day on their own.  Peace and goodwill were much in evidence as our guests enjoyed each other’s company over an excellent two-course meal, including roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and wine.  The guests were royally treated from the moment they arrived, with the volunteers all committed to make this a wonderful occasion for them.

We welcomed distinguished visitors on the day - the Mayor of Farnham, Mike Hodge accompanied by Julia Potts as Mayoral consort, and Deputy Mayor of Waverley, Denise Le Gal and her family.  We were delighted to see them engaging with our guests with the same joyful enthusiasm as our volunteers, contributing greatly to everyone’s enjoyment.

This celebration would not have been possible without the generosity and good will we find in our local community.  Many, many thanks to Morgan’s Butchers for donating the turkeys and other meats, to the Bourne Show and Hale Carnival for their generous donations, to Hale Opportunities Group for the delicious mince pies, to Bells Piece for the beautiful table decorations and to Sainsbury’s and Waitrose for their help.  And we could not stage the meal without our more-than-60 volunteers, who give their time on the day to make this happen (from chauffeuring to washing up!), with special mention to David Beal yet again for wonderful cooking.

The Lunch was coordinated by Churches Together in Farnham, and for guests and volunteer helpers the day is now a happy memory.

Report by Michael McDonnell

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