For the seventh year running, a record number of 65 helpers and guests came together for Christmas lunch at Melton Mowbray Baptist Church.
Guests were offered tea, coffee or fruit punch as they arrived, while Christmas music and entertainment was provided by Brian Maunders. Turkey was served with a range of vegetables, including Brussels sprouts and roast potatoes, followed by Christmas pudding, trifle and mince pies.
In the true spirit of Christmas, guests pulled crackers, exchanged jokes and wore their paper hats.
Those who were unable to get to the church by themselves were transported in cars or by mini bus, which was kindly loaned by Voluntary Action Melton.
A team of volunteers from the church and local community prepared the food, worked in the kitchen and waited at tables before enjoying their own meals and chatting to guests.
A Christmas gift of chocolate mints was given to each of the guests before they departed.
The organisers wish to express their gratitude for all the help given by volunteers and the generous donations of money received from individuals. The support shown by local businesses and organisations who advertised the event, Nigel’s Coffee Shop and Knapp’s Family Butchers, is also greatly appreciated and helped to make the day a resounding success.