10 places in Norfolk and Waveney offering free dinners to the lonely on Christmas day

Lowestoft and district Salvation Army hold the annual Christmas meal event.

Lowestoft and district Salvation Army hold the annual Christmas meal event. - Credit: Picture: Nick Butcher

Many will be sitting around the dinner table with their families and sharing gifts with their loved ones on Sunday. But for some people, Christmas Day can be the loneliest time of the year.

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

But thanks to charities and community groups across Norfolk, no one will have to spend December 25 alone. There are a handful of free events being held on Christmas Day, complete with dinner and activities for everyone. Here are some places in Norfolk offering Christmas dinner on Sunday:

1. Norwich Open Christmas, St Andrews Hall 11am – 5pm

Norwich Open Christmas has been running for 25 years and have served hundreds of Christmas dinners. Guests are to arrive at 11am for refreshments with Christmas dinner commencing at 12.30pm with entertainment throughout the day. At 2.30pm clothing will be distributed for those struggling to keep warm during winter, with tea and cakes at 3.30pm.

For transport please visit their website or call 07785 117273

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

http://www.openchristmas.org.uk/ 2. Great Yarmouth Open Christmas, Retroskate (at the Marina Centre Complex) 11am – 5pm


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Open Christmas Great Yarmouth has been serving up Christmas dinners for 4 years. Tea and refreshments will be served at 11am followed by Christmas dinner at 1pm. There are guest food parcels and clothing for those in need from 3pm and Christmas tea and cakes will be served from 3.30pm.

Please visit their website for more details on transport: http://www.openchristmasgreatyarmouth.org/ 3. The Salvation Army Norwich Citadel, 10.30am - 3.30pm

The Salvation Army Norwich have put together an afternoon of games and quizzes to accompany a three course Christmas meal at 12.30pm. Guests will even have some packed lunch to take home with them at 3.30pm.

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

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For transport please call in advance and a booking form will be sent out to you: 01603 620 747

http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/norwich-citadel

4.The Salvation Army, Beccles, 10.30am - 3pm

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

The Salvation Army in Beccles has run a Christmas day event for the community for 3 years. The day will begin with carol singing at 10.30am with Christmas dinner scheduled at 12.30pm.

Please call Tanya Hill on 07510150143 to arrange transport.

http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/beccles 5. The Salvation Army, Lowestoft Citadel, Battery Green Road, 12pm – 3.30pm

Guests can look forward to a day filled with entertainment, carol singing and gifts, with Christmas dinner beginning at 12.30pm.

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass

Christmas Day lunch at the Salvation Army Citadel in Lowestoft.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2013

Please call The Salvation Army in advance to arrange transport: 01502 539 118

http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/lowestoft-citadel

6. St Andrews Methodist Church, Sheringham, 12.30pm - 3.30pm

Lowestoft and district Salvation Army hold the annual Christmas meal event.

Lowestoft and district Salvation Army hold the annual Christmas meal event. - Credit: Picture: Nick Butcher

Churches across Sheringham have come together to organise a special Christmas day event for the last 30 years. Christmas lunch will begin at 12.30pm with performances from local musicians and a choir.

Bookings must be made in advance, please call Connie Burchett on 01263 837 647

7. Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Swaffham 1pm - 4pm

Lowestoft and district Salvation Army hold the annual Christmas meal event.

Lowestoft and district Salvation Army hold the annual Christmas meal event. - Credit: Picture: Nick Butcher

For four years the Iceni Partnership have hosted a fun-filled Christmas day with carol singing, bingo and comedy acts with Christmas dinner at 1pm.

8. Community Centre, New Road, North Walsham, 1pm

Churches Together in North Walsham have put together Christmas dinner events for 21 years and this year dinner at 1pm will be followed by the Queen's speech, tea and cakes and a christmas gift to take home.

The Salvation Army Christmas dinner at the Citadel, Norwich.

The Salvation Army Christmas dinner at the Citadel, Norwich. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

Bookings must be made in advance, please call Don Birch on 01692 404 889

9. Salvation Army Church, St Nicholas Street, Dereham, 11am – 3.30pm

The day will begin with a Christmas Day workshop at 11am, followed by dinner at 1pm Christmas dinner, with entertainment at 2.20pm and a packed tea to take home at 3.30pm.

Victor Hall, left, and Barry Roe, enjoying the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for

Victor Hall, left, and Barry Roe, enjoying the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for the vulnerable and isolated. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

For transport arrangements please call Major Loes Palmer on 01362 696341 or email dereham@salvationarmy.org.uk

http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/dereham

10. All Saints Church, Cromer Road, Mundesley, dinner starts at 1.15pm

Kevin Thornhill, carer, gets a Christmas kiss from volunteer first aiders Sharon Bedford, left, and

Kevin Thornhill, carer, gets a Christmas kiss from volunteer first aiders Sharon Bedford, left, and Jude Clapton, at the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for the vulnerable and isolated. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Readers can for more information: 01263 722218

The Salvation Army host a number of events for people who are alone throughout the Christmas period. Please call your local Salvation Army to find out more of the services and support they can provide.

Volunteers serve up the Christmas dinner at the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for

Volunteers serve up the Christmas dinner at the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for the vulnerable and isolated. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for the vulnerable and isolated. Picture: DENIS

The Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for the vulnerable and isolated. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Enjoying the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for the vulnerable and isolated. Pictu

Enjoying the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for the vulnerable and isolated. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

The Open Christmas Great Yarmouth event held at the Marina Centre.Picture: James Bass

The Open Christmas Great Yarmouth event held at the Marina Centre.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Barry Roe, left, and Victor Hall, enjoying the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for

Barry Roe, left, and Victor Hall, enjoying the Norwich Open Christmas event at St Andrews Hall, for the vulnerable and isolated. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

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