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Monday, December 16, 2013
A group of Sheringham good Samaritans will be giving up their Christmas Day lunch, to lay on a two-course festive meal for nearly 100 local elderly folk and single parent families.
Originally run by Evergreens Lunch Club, Christmas in Sheringham grew out of an idea dreamed up by a group of church members more than 10 years ago.
It is now an independent charity run by a board of trustees and funded by food and cash donations from local businesses and individuals.
Christmas in Sheringham chairman Derek Baldry said: “While it was originally mainly for elderly people, as word has spread, we are seeing more and more younger people come along.”
A team of volunteers sets to work on Christmas morning, peeling sackfuls of vegetables, roasting turkeys and laying tables at St Andrew’s Methodist Church hall, on Cromer Road.
Transport is laid on for those unable to get to the venue under their own steam and, after tucking in to a traditional lunch followed by Christmas pudding, coffee and mince pies, guests are treated to performances by local musicians and singers.
Mr Baldry said people’s reasons for coming along to the festive meal ranged from loneliness or suffering financial difficulties, to simply wanting to enjoy good food and good company on Christmas Day.
“The message we would like to get across is that, whatever the reason, if someone finds themselves alone at this time of year, then our door is open,” he said.
Christmas in Sheringham runs at St Andrew’s Methodist Church hall at 12.30pm on Christmas Day. To book, phone 01263 826865.