Local Organisations Provide Christmas Spirit at Community Lunch

An annual Christmas lunch, which sees older people from the local community coming together for good food, company and a healthy sing-a-long has taken place at East Thirsk Community Hall.

Recently, forty seniors enjoyed a hot turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, supplied by local butchers, Johnson’s of Thirsk, followed by Christmas puddings and mince pies. During the event there was a raffle and The Royal British Legion Band played carols.

The festive lunch was hosted by East Thirsk Community Association, supported by local at home care company, Home Instead, the Thirsk Rotary Club and Northallerton and District Round Table. They supported the event by making a donation to cover the costs of the food and drink. The Home Instead team also helped out on the day of the event when they became waiters for the day.

Cynthia Hesmondhalgh, chair of East Thirsk Community Association, manager of the community hall and organiser of the event said, “I would like to thank everyone for their help at the Christmas lunch. The event went really well and everyone really enjoyed themselves. I have already had two cards delivered to my house, thanking us all for organising such a successful event.”

Sheena Van Parys of Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk added, “For many of us the run up to the Christmas period is a busy time, it is important to continue to engage and converse with those who may be alone and have no one around them during the festive period. Events like this are great to get people together to meet and chat to others whom otherwise might be very isolated and lonely at this time of year.

She continued, “It’s a huge pleasure to help arrange this event once again. We all had a lovely time and already cannot wait until next year’s Christmas Lunch event.”

To find out more about East Thirsk Community Hall contact the Bookings Clerk on 07867 625700 or email [email protected]

For more information about Home Instead’s services, please contact Thirsk 01845 440510, Ripon 01765 530400, Harrogate 01423 774490 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/harrogate