Sunday, 11 January 2015

Christmas With Us in Lambert Centre 2014

Christmas With Us is an opportunity to "share the day with others who will genuinely feel alone, rather than choose to be alone on Christmas Day".
A cheerful gathering
This year 22 folk arrived at 11.30am ready to enjoy some company (and some of the visitors helped with various tasks on the day), a tradtional style full Christmas meal, entertainment and the Queen's Speech, before leaving around 3.30pm to 4pm, with many taking home Christmas goodies as they wish.
Good company awaiting good food
About Christmas With Us
The organizers are a small group of local folk, supported by a larger group of volunteers much nearer Christmas, who themselves would be dining alone on the Day. It is intended for those who would feel alone, and not those who choose to be alone. Over the 4 years the event has been held, it has grown from 12 in the first year to 22 this year. The core team meet from September to December on a monthly basis over a cup of tea to arrange all the aspects of the day, plus a February meeting to review and celebrate with new volunteers. We do the catering ourselves and some of our visitors like to help as well on the day, making them feel part of the whole event.

We are under the umbrella of BACT, although this is not strictly a church event; quite a number of folk attending do not possess any Christian faith or otherwise. We do not advertise but use contacts such as the Hope Debt Advice centre, the Food Bank, clinics and church contacts to seek out genuine need in the community of BoA.  We offer, discreetly, free places to those who would otherwise not attend, and a small charge of £9 from those who can afford it.  We cover our expenses as the Lambert Rooms are offered free of charge, so thank you Christ Church for all your support as well.

Gillian and Simon Arnold and the Christmas With Us Team