Local Organisations Serve Christmas Dinner

Diners enjoying the afternoon
Diners enjoying the afternoon

Local organisations including East Thirsk Community Association, The Thirsk Rotary Club, Northallerton and District Round Table and Home Instead recently teamed up to provide the older residents of East Thirsk with a free Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

Every year East Thirsk Community Association organise a free Christmas lunch to the older residents of East Thirsk, the event is held at East Thirsk Community Hall, Hambleton Place.  This year 50 people enjoyed turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding.  The Thirsk Royal British Legion Band played Christmas carols during the meal and afterwards there was a raffle which everyone enjoyed.

The event is an annual social event that brings older people together and helps alleviate isolation and loneliness as well as enjoying a delicious meal supplied by Johnson’s of Thirsk butchers.

The Rotary Club, Northallerton and District Round Table and local at home care provider Home Instead  teamed up to support this annual event and generously sponsored all of the catering. Cynthia Hesmondhalgh, Chairperson of East Thirsk Community Association commented; ‘it is great that with the help of local organisations we can continue to provide this festive meal every year. It provides an opportunity for older people to get together and meet old friends and make new ones. Christmas can be a very lonely time for some people. I’d like to thank everyone involved including the team of volunteers who did everything from setting the tables to serving the meal and of course the washing up.’  

If you would like to know more about East Thirsk Community Association or East Thirsk Community Hall please ring 07867 625700 or email [email protected] 


by Sheena Van Parys