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More than 90 elderly and vulnerable residents were treated to a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a present by Bishop's Stortford's Company at Christmas team.

The Churches Together Bishop's Stortford initiative has been bringing festive cheer to those who would otherwise spend the holiday alone since 1984s.

For the second Christmas in a row, Covid-19 forced the 70 volunteers to deliver a meals-on-wheels treat to guests instead of a get-together at the Methodist Church in South Street.

Company at Christmas guests being entertained at the last time the event could be held at the Methodist Church, in 2019
Company at Christmas guests being entertained at the last time the event could be held at the Methodist Church, in 2019

A squad of 50 drivers delivered care parcels put together by 20 shoppers and bag-packers stationed at St Mary’s Catholic School in Windhill.

Steve Dale, a committee member, said: “We would like to thank all our volunteers for giving up their precious time on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to collect and deliver meals and gifts to our guests.

"This means a lot to us, and even more for the people who received a visit and gift, many of whom will have spent Christmas Day alone. Seeing a friendly face at their door, bearing gifts, will have made it a special day for them.”

Co-chair Andy McMillan said: “Given the uncertainties of Covid-19, we're proud to have been able to deliver something special to so many people."

Fellow co-chair Jenny Klincke added: “None of us knows what 2022 will bring, but I’m sure everyone is hoping for brighter times and the possibility that Christmas 2022 will allow us to once again have a Christmas Day party for our guests at the Methodist Church hall.”



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