Successful Christmas Day lunch in Aylesbury enjoyed by 120 guests

Aylesbury's annual Christmas Day lunch proved a great success, with 120 guests enjoying a three course meal and entertainment at St Mary's Church.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 27th December 2018, 10:28 am
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 9:58 am
Christmas Day lunch at St Mary's Church, Aylesbury
Christmas Day lunch at St Mary's Church, Aylesbury

The event was organised by a team of 68 volunteers led by Aylesbury resident Kim Walter, who was overseeing proceedings for the 14th time.

Her husband Paul said of the day: "It went very well - a lot of effort went into the day and it all started after the morning service when the church gets a quick transformation to a lunch hall.

Rock choir members performing as part of the Christmas Day lunch at St Mary's Church, Aylesbury

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"All our guests enjoyed a three course meal - a starter of soup, a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding.

"The meal was cooked on the day by a team of catering students from Aylesbury College who prepared the dinner in their kitchen, brought it across to the church and helped to serve it.

"We had a real cross-section of people there on the day - people who were homeless, those who would otherwise have been alone and some families.

"As well as dinner, guests enjoyed entertainment in the form of a quiz, a ukelele band and a rock choir who sung Christmas carols.

Christmas Day lunch at St Mary's Church, Aylesbury

"Santa put in an appearance and handed out some presents."

The mayor Cllr Mark Willis and deputy mayor Cllr Mike Smith attended and joined in with the community event.

Mr Walter added: "The volunteers all enjoyed the day and being part of such a great community-spirited event."

Money towards the food came from funds raised by organisers during the year, enabling visitors to have the lunch without any charge to them.

Mayor Mark Willis with some of those involved in the organisation of the Christmas Day lunch at St Mary's Church, Aylesbury
The serving of the Christmas Day lunch at St Mary's Church, Aylesbury