Councillors hand out festive food in Burton Joyce to elderly and lonely residents facing Christmas alone

 Councillors hand out festive food in Burton Joyce to elderly and lonely residents facing Christmas alone

PICTURED: Councillors Sam Smith and Mike Adams hand out festive cobs to pensioners

Two councillors spread festive cheer amongst residents facing Christmas alone at an event in Burton Joyce over the weekend.

Gedling Borough councillors Mike Adams and Sam Smith gave out over 50 Christmas cobs and mince pies to Burton Joyce, Stoke Bardolph and Gedling residents on Saturday in the Wheatsheaf pub car park

The Trent Valley Ward councillors organised the event after the annual festive lunch held for the elderly and lonely was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The annual three-course festive meal is normally organised by the Village Lunch group, who also run monthly events for residents, and takes place in the community hall and is run by volunteers. It is supported both financially and physically by the councillors.

Pensioners enjoy the festive cobs in the Wheatsheaf car park
Councillor Sam Smith hands out festive food in a COVID-secure way

The community group won a Pride of Gedling award this year after being nominated by Councillors Mike Adams and Sam Smith but hasn’t met since February 2020 due to Coronavirus restrictions. 

Councillors Mike Adams and Sam Smith said: “Christmas is different for all of us this year and we wanted to spread the Christmas joy to our residents who will be celebrating it alone

“We paid for over 50 Christmas cobs and all the trimmings out of our Councillor Community Fund and gave them out to residents, we also hand delivered over 20 to residents homes. 

“A big thank-you to Burton Joyce resident Jayne Savage for donating the turkey and to Hugo’s Kitchen in Burton Joyce for cooking and preparing the lunch. A massive thank you to the fantastic Pride of Gedling award winning Village Lunch volunteers for their support in ensuring the Christmas spirit was spread in a COVID-secure way. Thanks must also go to The Lambley Baker for donating 50 mince pies.”

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“We wish all of our residents across Stoke Bardolph, Gedling and Burton Joyce a very Merry Christmas”

Resident Gail Cooper said: “Thank you so much for my dad’s turkey cob and mince pie – what a fabulous gesture and much appreciated.”

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