14:40 Tuesday 03 December 2013

Church to offer slap-up meal on Christmas Day

Written byMARK MCKAY

CHURCH volunteers will serve up a three-course dinner with all the trimmings to homeless and lonely people on Christmas Day.

Rev Nigel Irons, of All Saints Church, in Branston Road, Burton, has organised the free Christmas feast for 11 years with the help of the town’s YMCA.

This year, 20 kind-hearted volunteers have offered to help while 11 of the 27 people who have already signed-up for the meal are homeless – a figure which Rev Irons said he expected to increase.

He said: “Essentially it is organised by churches in Burton as an expression of God’s love for everyone.

“It’s aim is provide a place where anyone who is homeless or has no one else to celebrate Christmas with or who is struggling to feed themselves can come and enjoy a full three-course Christmas meal in the company of others.

“In our first year we had less than 20 people. Since then that number has doubled and we expect it to rise even higher.

“We have space for 80 diners in the church hall but to ensure everyone is catered for we’ve asked people to book.”

Rev Irons said there will he there will also be carol singing and board games to play after the meal.

He added that he was ‘very grateful’ to the Scropton-based firm Cranberry Foods which had supplied the turkeys as well as Murray’s Funeral Directors and Wellings Funeral Directors which had provided the cake.

Those who want to attend can also book their place by calling 07792 658948 or emailling allsaintsburton@hotmail.com by Sunday, December 22.

The YMCA Reconnect Centre can be reached on 01283 547211.

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