Christmas Day 2018
Amazing food, laughter, gentleness, peace and goodwill
A wonderful lunch took place on Christmas Day for approximately 60 Farnham residents who otherwise would have spent this festive day on their own.
This year the celebration took place at a sparkling new venue, the recently refurbished Memorial Hall off West Street. After welcoming our guests, we helped them into the spirit of Christmas by asking them to join in a selection of traditional carols. Then they were treated to an excellent two-course meal including roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and wine.
Our guests were looked after from the moment they arrived until their departure (with some tasty treats!) — all volunteers were committed to make this a wonderful occasion for them. Good humour and companionship was very much in evidence. We were delighted to welcome important visitors on the day - the Mayor of Farnham, David Attfield accompanied by Anne Attfield; and the Mayor of Waverley, Denise Le Gal. As well as joining in the carol singing, they spent time socialising with our guests and our volunteers, spreading good will and festive cheer.
This annual celebration is made possible by the generosity and good will so readily available in our local community. Cash donations were made by Bourne Show, Hale Carnival and individuals. Morgan’s Butchers again donated the turkeys and other meats. Sainsbury’s and Waitrose also supported us. We are most grateful for this generous support.
And to make the day happen, we are as always reliant on the time and energy of the many volunteers who offered their time on the day chauffeuring, cooking and washing up. Many many thanks for the hard work put in by all, and especially to Lou Snape who took over as chef for the first time, managing the challenges of the newly installed high-tech kitchen.
The Lunch was coordinated by Churches Together in Farnham. For guests and volunteers alike, the day is now a happy memory.
Report by Anne Connolly