Annual meal will spread festive joy and cheer

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The true spirit of Christmas will be alive in St Mary’s Church on December 25 when more than 100 people are treated to a free festive lunch.

The annual event at the Aylesbury church is staged by 35 volunteers, who provide a three course meal and presents for the less fortunate.

Co-ordinator Kim Walter said: “The meal is for the whole community and people that would otherwise be on their own over Christmas .

“We also cater for those with learning difficulties, or from the women’s refuge and people from all religions not just Christianity – you just have to be in need.

“On arrival the guests get a coffee and mince pie, then a three course meal.

“This year we have wedding singer Mike Carroll performing and a choir from Bishopstone who will be singing carols.

“There’s always a lovely atmosphere and I ask all the volunteers to wear Santa hats and I provide Christmas aprons.”

This year Bucks Herald reporter Andrew Kay will be volunteering, along with fiancé Emma Eyles. The pair will be on washing up duty.

For more details visit www.freechristmasdinner.com