Spalding St Paul's ward get-together at Woodlands Hotel raises £400 for church
A pre-Christmas night out in town was laid on for people from an area of Spalding.
About 60 guests were treated to a three-course meal, followed by live music and a fundraising raffle, at Woodlands Hotel on Thursday.
The "get-together", for people living in the Spalding St Paul's area, was organised and paid for by Couns Rob Gibson and Glynis Scalese who both represent the ward on South Holland District Council.
Coun Scalese said: "The get-together was put on for the St Paul's community with the help of Gan Seta at the Woodlands who did the meal at a reduced price.
"Rob and myself worked together to a leaflet drop in St Paul's as we were limited to 60 places at the hotel and so we offered it on a first come, first served basis.
"Our guests could choose a starter, main meal and dessert from three options, with some wine given to us by South Lincs Foodservice of Sutterton."
The event was similar to one organised by Coun Scalese and Woodlands Hotel staff last year when a free Christmas dinner was served for people who might otherwise have spent the festive period on their own.
But this year, the emphasis was on the people of St Paul's ward which Couns Scalese and Gibson were both elected to serve in May's district council elections.
Coun Scalese said: "We paid for the dinner our of our council ward budgets, but local businesses donated prizes towards the raffle which raised £400 for St Paul's Church in Fulney, Spalding.
"Morrisons in Pinchbeck donated a gift to each guest and Springfields Outlet Shopping and Leisure gave us 32 gifts to give out to the ladies who came.
"There was music from Tony and Sandie, the atmosphere was all Christmassy and I had lots of messages from people thanking me and Rob for a great evening."
Coun Gibson said: "It was a fantastic event and it was a real team effort to do what we could to give people a good night out.
"A big thank you to Woodlands Hotel for what they did to provide a really nice meal at a reasonable price.
"This enabled us to invite people from the wards, especially those who aren't going to have a nice Christmas or who wouldn't be able to do something like this for themselves."