13th January 2016

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH EVENT 2015

 

Cyrenians held their annual event on Christmas day, at the Methodist Church, Central Hall, welcoming all that may be homeless, lonely, vulnerable, or would have gone without a Christmas dinner.  A huge thank you to the 60 Volunteers who gave up their time on Christmas day, arriving early to set up tables, with crackers and beautiful table decorations made by Shelagh Williams. Special thanks to the chef, Steve McCormack who prepared all the vegetables, Michael Law, Joan Rennie & Mary Stephens (who have volunteered in the kitchen at this event for many years) and Stephen Lane who prepares the Christmas puddings & custard, plus John & Lynda Wells who organise the refreshments. We would also like to thank Reverend Mark Rowland for the use of the Central Hall again this year.

Steve LaneJoan Veg

 

Joan Mary MichaelShelagh Table DecsXmas Dinner

Volunteer serving dinner

 

 Joan, Mary  &  Michael

 

 

 

 Judy dishing up (left)  & Steve  above. 

 

 

 

 

 

There were approximately 150 guests served with a three course dinner, treats and on-going refreshments throughout the day. Presents of socks and chocolate, gift bags, toiletries, clothing and sleeping bags were given out during the day. These were donated through the huge generosity of local schools, churches and general public.

Clothes Donations

Guests eating dinner

                                                                                                     

Chocolate donations

                                 

JS with donations

   John Sexton (Cyrenians) & Britt  (Volunteer) Left and below; Alison, Grace, Matt & Kayleigh (Volunteers) help to sort through donations

Group of Vols

 

  

 

 

 

Michael W

 

Special thanks to Michael Wilson (left) who co-ordinated the day for the third year running, Thomas & David Scarsbrook who have provided the music for the several years, and to several other volunteers who provided this years’ entertainment; Alice Robinson singer/guitarist, local band Ross Darby & Lizzy Coughlan, and Sophie Greener on flute. 

Ross Derby

Alice RobinsonSophie Greener

Angus

 

All performances were thoroughly enjoyed by guests and volunteers.  They were also entertained by Magician, Angus Baskerville, mesmerised by this card tricks. 

 

 

 

Some guests appreciating Sophie's performance below right.  

Sophie with guests

Volunteers, Chris, John, Mani, Tani, John, Geoffrey & Kuldip, having a well deserved rest!

Group of Volunteers 2

 Volunteers and guests getting into the Christmas spirit! 

Volunteers with guests

Michael Vols

A massive thanks to photographer Atul Patel who volunteered to take pictures throughout the day free of charge. More photos can be viewed in our Gallery.

 

Feedback received from some of the guests:

“From somebody (myself) who was born in Coventry, I was here a boy, it’s a credit to the organisers to have created this event”

“Fantastic, excellent, really enjoyed the food and the day.  Merry Christmas to everyone for this lovely day and lovely memory that will be with me forever”

Xmas pudding excellent, musicians also very good this year”

“It made it a Christmas for me, the company, food and volunteers being friendly”

Very nice, enjoyable meal, nice presents, the entertainment was great, and such lovely friendly people who looked after me, it was all perfect, a real treat”

 

 Feedback received from some of the volunteers:

Halina (Volunteer) completes her form below.

feedback forms

 "I was really busy giving out the gifts; I really enjoyed the non-stop challenge”

 “It was fantastic, the food, music, presents, the whole environment”

“Every year it gets better”

“It was super amazing and wonderful, and the work done today was brilliant, wishing all the homeless and Cyrenians Charity the very best”