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Community Christmas Meal


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Christmas day 2016 again saw the culmination of a lot of hard work and incredible generosity of time, patience and money from Gillingham and the surrounding community. A large band of helpers served Christmas dinner to guests including children at Gillingham Methodist Church Hall.

Jo Harvey, with the help a team of volunteers, cajoled, coerced and co-ordinated shops, businesses, services and people of Gillingham to donate food, money and time to make Christmas Day a very special event for those who may not have enjoyed it.

Grateful thanks have to go to everyone who helped particularly these businesses, who are listed in no particular order and without all of them the day would not have been such a success:


Helpers for Christmas meal


Guests tucked into a wonderful 3 course meal with soup, turkey with all the trimmings.  To finish off there was Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, Pistachio Cake, Christmas pudding, Shortbread, and plenty of juice or tea and coffee to wash it all down.   They joined in with carols and Father Christmas helped to hand out presents to all.

Our thanks also go way beyond the list below.  Many volunteers popped in with bits on the day or helped decorate or clear popping in and out.  Others donated presents and food or equipment without which we could not lay on the day.   We thank all the unnamed helpers who did so much and also huge thanks to :


volunteers for christmas meal

Special Thanks to the incredible Jo Harvey who led the team to another very successful meal.

Just because Christmas has been brushed away, the planning for next year’s meal carries on behind the scenes so if  you would like to be part of this please email  and we can update you as things progress.

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