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.

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