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Councillors want to bring festive cheer to vulnerable and elderly residents in Gedling villages

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Two councillors are organising an event to help bring festive cheer to vulnerable and lonely residents living in Gedling villages.

Gedling Borough councillors Sam Smith and Mike Adams plan to hand out 50 turkey cobs with all the trimmings to a number of residents at a Covid-secure event in Burton Joyce this December.

Councillor Smith told Gedling Eye they would be putting on the event to replace an annual Christmas charity lunch, which has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

Councillor Smith said: “There is a community organisation in Burton Joyce called ‘The Village Lunch’ which is run by volunteers who prepare a three-course meal at their homes every month.

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“They then hire out a community room and invite lonely, vulnerable and elderly residents to come and enjoy the lunch.

The event is a way of making sure these residents get to meet others and have some company. Both Cllr Mike Adams and I usually cover their insurance costs for the year. 

“Sadly, Covid restrictions have meant that the group has been unable to meet since March so Cllr Mike Adams and I have decided to use our Councillor Community Grant for Christmas turkey cobs and all the trimmings to be prepared by Hugo’s, a local hospitality business.

“We have and invited up to 50 lonely, vulnerable and elderly Burton Joyce, Gedling and Stoke Bardolph residents to enjoy them in groups of less than 6 outside Hugo’s.

The event will be taking place on December 19 13:00pm. 

Volunteers from the Village Lunch, Church and WI will be working with Cllr Adams and Smith help marshall the distribution of the cobs and ensure all COVID-restrictions are adhered too. 

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