Countdown to free Spalding Guardian lunch

Santa will be joining the free Christmas Day party for the elderly  at the Ivo Day Centre in Spalding. ANL-150112-165520001
Santa will be joining the free Christmas Day party for the elderly at the Ivo Day Centre in Spalding. ANL-150112-165520001
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The countdown to the Spalding Guardian Christmas Day lunch for the elderly is well and truly under way.

Volunteers will descend on the Ivo Day Centre on Saturday morning to decorate it so other groups can enjoy the Christmas trimmings as well as our elderly guests.

We are really looking forward to welcoming the Spalding Guardian’s elderly guests again. Hosting the event is our way of giving something back to the community who support us

Robert West, Ivo Day Centre

Robert West, who is chairman of the charitable centre’s management committee, said it’s a lovely time of year when the trimmings go up. He said: “We have many groups who hold meetings here and we like to make the venue look as festive as possible. We are really looking forward to welcoming the Spalding Guardian’s elderly guests again.

“Hosting the event is our way of giving something back to the community who support us.”

The free event is for elderly people and couples in the Spalding area who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. Ivo Day Centre in Albion Street has access and facilities for the disabled and free transport can be arranged for guests who require it.

As well as a three-course meal followed by tea or coffee and mince pies, there will be entertainment and a visit from Santa.

George Gragg is best known for playing at tea dances in the area and has offered to lead a singalong.

And those who prefer to sit back and relax to some festive ‘Buble’ magic will also be in for a treat, because local crooner Phil Wigger is also coming along.

Phil – whose repertoire includes songs by Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Matt Munro and 60s and 70s favourites, as well as Michael Buble – has appeared at Macmillan charity and other events in the area. More details about Phil can be found on his Facebook page.

Volunteers who would like to help put up trimmings, many of which have been donated by Baytree Garden Centre, are asked to be at the Ivo Day Centre on Saturday for 10.30am.

To book a meal, call 07774326173.

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