Join our lunch and tea at Christ­mas

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - DAVID ROUTLEDGE Bel­mont Road, Uxbridge

YOUR read­ers may like to know that this year is the 25th an­niver­sary of Lonely at Christ­mas.

It started in 1991 when Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot ap­proached Ro­tary to do some­thing for peo­ple would be spend­ing Christ­mas Day on their own.

Uxbridge Ro­tar­i­ans helped pre­pare food on Christ­mas Eve, Ray’s friends Mike Wilkins and Mal­colm Ward helped on Christ­mas Day.

The first year we had ap­prox­i­mately 40 guests. Last year we en­ter­tained ap­prox­i­mately 120.

Since 1991 the fol­low­ing have been in­volved: Ro­tary Club of Uxbridge, Christ Church, Uxbridge (pro­vid­ing the halls and kitchen), Hilling­don Com­mu­nity Trans­port and Driv­ers, Sains­bury’s Uxbridge who pro­vided the food and con­tents of goody bags, and the helpers over the last 24 years in­clud­ing the fam­ily of the late Mr and Mrs Fothergill.

I am ar­rang­ing the an­nual Christ­mas Day lunch and tea for those who have no fam­ily lo­cally and as a re­sult will be spend­ing Christ­mas Day on their own.

It will be at Christ Church Halls (Bai­ley & Watts Halls) Red­ford Way, 12 noon un­til 5.50pm on Christ­mas Day.

If you would like to join us please call 01895 272281 with the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion: name, ad­dress, post code, tele­phone num­ber, email ad­dress (if you have one).

If you re­quire trans­port we will pick you up be­tween 11.30am and 12.30am.

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