Christmas Day lunch for lonely in Holbeach

Library image: Holbeach Community Larder is offering 50 tickets to a Christmas Day lunch.
Library image: Holbeach Community Larder is offering 50 tickets to a Christmas Day lunch.
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Holbeach Community Larder is offering 50 tickets for a Christmas Day lunch to people in the town and surrounding area that would otherwise be alone.

The lunch will be held in the Reading Rooms on Church Street at 1pm.

It is being offered regardless of financial need, as organisers perceive the crucial isolating factor to be loneliness.

Though the lunch will be offered absolutely free of charge, those who attend are welcome to make a donation towards the costs if they wish to – though there will be no pressure to do so.

Agencies who are in contact with people who may benefit from a Christmas Day lunch and individuals who would like to attend are invited to contact Rev Rosamund Seal on 01406 424989 or email in order to apply for a ticket.

They will be issued on a first-come first-served basis and there is a limit of 50.

The Community Larder also welcomes donations of cash, food and festive items towards the Christmas lunch – call Linda Beverley-Stoneon 01406 259496 if you are able to help in this way.

Please also contact Rosamund if you might be able to offer a lift to anyone who would like to attend but has no transport.

The Community Larder offers a two-course hot lunch every Friday between noon and 1pm to anyone, regardless of need. The Foodbank and Café will, however, be closed on December 23 and 30, reopening on Friday, January 6.

• Christmas is coming early for some of our elderly readers who are going on a bus trip to the seaside.

For the past two years, the Free Press has hosted a Christmas Day lunch at the Ivo Day Centre with the help of local businesses and an amazing team of volunteers.

This year a bus is taking them to the Grosvenor House Hotel in Skegness on Thursday, December 14, where they will enjoy Christmas lunch and entertainment. They will be able to relax and enjoy sea views from the stunning ballroom before returning home and catching the lights along the seafront.