community Christmas Day lunch hailed a success
Mayor has praised a group of volunteers who organised a Christmas
Day lunch for 27 local people who would have been alone on the big
of residents came together to organise Monday's special event at
Burnham Methodist Church in College Street, pictured here.
Marion Hance and Carolanne Palmer said they were delighted with
how the lunch had run and thanked local businesses for their donations,
which enabled it to happen.
and Mayoress Bill and Frances Hancock visited the team, along with
Deputy Mayor Andy Brewer and Town Crier Alistair Murray.
always so sad to hear about people being alone on Christmas Day
when everyone else is celebrating, so we decided to hold a community
lunch just for them," Marion told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
were so pleased to have the support of a big group of volunteers,
who gave up their Christmas Day to help and get involved."
27 people who came along enjoyed a turkey, beef or lamb lunch with
all the trimmings plus Christmas pudding and a 'goody bag' with
cake to take home with them."
really enjoyed themselves and several new friendships were formed."
said support from local businesses had been "wonderful,"
thanking Gardiner Whites for giving vegetables, Berrow Beef for
meats, Chatterbox for Christmas puddings, Cafe Aroma for mince pies,
and Asda for a cash donation.
Cllr Bill Hancock said he was impressed by the community spirit
on show. "The close-knit community spirit was wonderful
a small group of volunteers made the Christmases of these people
who would otherwise have been alone. Very well done to all involved."
Andy Brewer added: "This was Burnham's community at its very
of the meal recipients, Dee, said having the lunch and companionship
on Christmas Day had been "fantastic," adding: "It
was such a brilliant afternoon. Last year when I was alone, I had
cheese on toast for my Christmas Day meal."