Neston's Community Christmas Dinner is a Hit
|Author: Louise Irvine||Published: 2nd January 2018 08:39|
Louise Irvine, one of the organisers of Neston's Community Christmas Dinner, reports back on another successful event.
What a joyous day when all our months of hard work came to fruition, venue sorted, goody bags ready, Christmas cards written, food bought and prepared, presents wrapped, volunteers organised, minibus and driver arranged.
This year we had 27 people joining us for lunch, including a special little girl who stole the show. Our Christmas Dinner is for anyone in the Neston community, young or old, so we were happy when a young mum asked if she and her little girl could join us. Little did we know what an impact she would have on the day. She cheerily went round and chatted to people and offered them her sweets. Her mum had wanted her to have special day and I really think she did.
We arrived early to set up the hall and start the cooking, everything was all prepared and the smell of roasting potatoes and gravy being prepared made us all very hungry. Our minibus driver "Bob the bus" Kynaston arrived with many of our guests and others made their own way to the hall, with our wonderful volunteers helping them to their seats the room soon filled up with excited dinner guests.
Daniel Wakefield helped us get into the Christmas spirit with a few carols and then Andy Irvine helped with a few rounds of "higher and lower", a tribute to the dear departed Sir Bruce Forsyth. Everyone was soon tucking into a gorgeous turkey dinner. Our kitchen team once more excelled and it was great to have the help of Steven and Ross from Northernfields catering. This year guests were spoilt with a selection of three different desserts. We then served tea and coffee.
Young Scarlett helped us to distribute the presents - what a star she was, she left her own until last, how did Santa know that she wanted a mermaid toy?
With presents given and goody bags handed out, it was time to send everyone on their way after a quick blessing from Rev. Alan Dawson who popped round to spend time with us.
We have so many people to thank: Sainsbury's Neston, Upton and Ellesmere Port, graphic designer Hannah Newall who designed our poster, the Neston & District Chamber of Trade, Bob and Pat Kynaston, Ellesmere Port and Neston Community Transport, Daniel Wakefield, Cubbins the Chemists, Boots the Chemists, Martins newsagents, Tesco Neston, Lorraine's Hair Salon, Philippa Harris at Dovecote Nurseries for the beautiful table centrepieces, Councillor Nigel Jones and Councillor Andy Williams, many private donors, the children of Neston Primary School who decorated wooden spoons for our guests, Home Instead Wirral who donated gifts for our diners, the churchgoers at the URC, many of whom called around to see us on the morning and special thanks to Rev Hillary for allowing us to use the hall, the Rev Alan Dawson, our wonderful volunteers who we could not manage without. Emily, Louise, Dave, Andrew, Alex, Zoe, Jackie, Pauline, Bob, Pat, Daniel, Steve and Ross.
As is our tradition many of our guests decided to "pay it forward" and we have £115 to donate to the Charles Thompson Mission.
Our Community Christmas Dinner is just the start of our venture - we are now planning a Summer Afternoon Tea Party. So watch out for more details coming up, we have listened to our guests and think that there is a need for something in the summer.