Sharing the joy of Christmas

Buckingham Community Centre's Christmas lunch for people who would otherwise have been alone
Buckingham Community Centre's Christmas lunch for people who would otherwise have been alone

Eighty people sat down to eat a slap-up lunch on Christmas Day, thanks to kind-hearted volunteers.

The free lunch for people who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day is organised every year by Buckingham Churches Together.

This year about 40 volunteers gave up part of their Christmas Day to help others enjoy theirs.

Some acted as drivers, with the majority of people attending being picked up before the event and dropped home at the end of the day. Others helped in the kitchen, served food and acted as table hosts.

Organising the day were Sharon and Steven Tayfield.

Christmas lunch wascooked by Jacqui Cooke, from Silverstone, who runs the Miracles coffee shop in Silverstone’s Methodist Chapel, along with her husband Alex.

People came from far and wide – from Winslow and Steeple Claydon to Silverstone, Bletchley and Towcester – with ages ranging from pre-school to elderly.

Four students from the University of Buckingham were among the number.

Lunch was a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, followed by Christmas pudding, mince pies, coffee and after-dinner mints.

The meal was rounded off by a visit from Santa, bringing presents for everybody.

Entertainment was provided by Royal Latin School student Dominic Butcher, who played guitar and sang Irish folk songs, and his brother Rory, who played trombone.

Betsy Cook played the keyboard and sang Christmas carols for everyone to sing along.