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Team work helps save over-80s festive dinner

- MELANIE BONN

Scouts, a local shop and a butchery firm rescued Dunning’s over 80s Christmas dinner.

The community in Dunning recently joined together to help dish out 89 free festive dinners for the elderly.

In past years the village’s elderly community was invited to attend a sit-down meal and Christmas party in the village hall.

But with COVID-19 restrictio­ns in place, the hall was unable to host the OAP dinner this year.

So the event came to the pensioners instead through a well organised operation.

Around 14 Scouts from Dunning Scout Group, 26th Perthshire split into groups to organise the pick up of menu choices one week, followed the next week by the safe door to door delivery of Christmas meals – which included soup, turkey, roast potatoes, chipolatas as well as vegetarian options and a pudding – all in secure boxes.

Along with the Scouts, youngsters from the group’s Beavers and Cubs sections designed special Christmas cards to accompany the meals.

The Scouts, all following careful social distancing guidelines, even rounded off their deliveries with some festive jokes and songs at the doorstep, ensuring everyone got into the Christmas spirit.

Dunning Scouts’ group section leader Nathan Critchlow-Watton, who organised logistics for the Scouts’ delivery operation said: “Scouting has always been about supporting the community, and it was great to see the young people take responsibi­lity for helping others and developing skills for life.”

Simon Howie, businessma­n and Dunning native, said: “We were keen to see that the locals didn’t miss out.

“The Dunning Scouts took so much of the leg work from us as they visited each house to drop a note and then to deliver the meals to the recipients. It was a superb effort and something we were so pleased to be part of.

“We’ve been part of the Dunning community since 1986 and as someone who was born into the village, I’m always anxious to see that we do our bit.

“The feedback has been terrific and we hope it’s something we can repeat in future years.”

Nisa owner Zubair Aslam, who donated trifles for the meals, said: “It was great that Simon Howie stepped in to do the meals this year. Of course I was up for helping out too. Everybody helps each other out here. It’s nice to be able to support the community.”

The meals were welcomed by Dunning’s elderly community. One woman who received a Christmas box said: “It’s very much appreciate­d by us all.

“We’re very well looked after by our community. After what has been a hard year, it’s nice to have this to look forward to.”

 ??  ?? Delivery Scouts from Dunning Scout Group, 26th Perthshire with butcher boss Simon Howie delivering food for the over 80s dinner to many houses around Dunning
Delivery Scouts from Dunning Scout Group, 26th Perthshire with butcher boss Simon Howie delivering food for the over 80s dinner to many houses around Dunning

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