St Benedict’s Church Christmas Lunch
St Benedict’s Church in Glastonbury were delighted at the turnout for their Christmas Day Lunch, with 147 people (and 3 dogs!) enjoying a full 3-course Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings. The lunch, which is partly funded by Somerset Community Foundation, was served from 12:00pm to 1:45pm, but the team of 30 volunteers were on shift from 9:30am to 4:00pm to prepare, cook, serve and then clear away the meal. The volunteers included people with disabilities, families who wanted to share their Christmas day with others, several elderly retired couples who no longer have families around, and single people living far from home.
The guests came from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances and spanned families with children, travellers and street people, young single men, elderly people living on their own, clients with their carers, and some teenagers. One guest even brought along his saxophone, and did an impromptu performance for everyone! With the detrimental effect of loneliness on mental and physical health now being widely reported, events such as this lunch are vital in helping communities stay connected. Bravo to the team from St Benedict’s Church in putting on this event year after year, and to the volunteers for giving up their time on this most special day.