Christmas Day Monday 25th December 2023
Delivery within a 10 mile radius of Guildford on Christmas DAY for over 500.
Last year we cooked an amazing 567 meals for people from all walks of life last year. We would like to thank all the helpers and sponsors because this would not happen if it was not for you.
WHY do we do it ?
We have a family tradition that we set a spare place at our Christmas table, either for someone who passed away that year or for a stranger passing by. Some time ago, our daughter Mia-Isabella said that it was silly to have an empty place when there was always food left over. She suggested that we offer the place to someone alone and elderly, or homeless. So five years ago we did just that, still keeping an empty place to meet our tradition, and we subsequently shared our Christmas lunches with three strangers.
Then five years ago our daughter pointed out that there must be other people who would like to be invited and it was then that my wife Marta suggested a Christmas Day lunch in the Jacobs Well Village Hall, which has a capacity of 100. This event has had to change due to the pandemic and instead of hosting we have delivered meals to homes. Last year 2021 we delivered 382 meals in total. We do hope to be able to host again once we can be given a venue to host.
Matt, who owns a computer business, said he thoroughly enjoys cooking and finds it relaxing, but admitted with a smile that he had never cooked for such a large number of guests before.
Why do people come ?
Because they may otherwise be alone at Christmas, Because spending Christmas at home may be difficult for some, following a bereavement for example. Because thery may want to do something different Because they want to share the true meaning of Christmas with others. Because they may not have a home Because they are a student and away from family and friends
The FREE Christmas lunch is open to everyone.
Within a 10 mile radius of Guildford
Elderly, Alone, Students, Families, Anyone can attend it is not dependant on age or religious belief - everyone is welcome. This year we are delivering again as we cant get a venue.
All we ask is that you please contact us to let us know you want a meal delivered so we have some idea of numbers on the day.
COST - The meal costs nothing - your Christmas dinner is entirely FREE - paid for by the kind sponsorship by benefactors
What should I expect ?
Roast Turkey, Roast Potatoes, Pigs In Blankets, Carrots, Brussel Sprouts, Stuffing and of course gravy
Mince Pies, Christmas Cake
Who does the work ?
Everything is organised by Marta, Matt, Mia-Isabella and Miki. The work is all carried out by a dedicated team of volunteers who put the event on Christmas Day. The diners are all cooked by Matt, Marta does all the organising, route planning and arranges sponsorship. Mia-Isabella helps preparing all the carrots, gravy, brussels etc. Miki helps on the day with logistics and boxing all the meals.
Maye Brown Ltd
Sullivan Street Partners
Boz's Fruit and Veg
St Thomas of Canterbury School
Unigold 2000 Ltd