Christmas Day Lunch

160 local elderly and lonely people received a free Christmas Day lunch and food essentials pack!

On Christmas Day, the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea was able to serve Christmas lunch and entertain over 160 local elderly and lonely folk at the Clacton County High School. Some 50 Rotary members, their partners and other local supporters gave up their Christmas Day to assist in welcoming the guests, preparing, cooking and serving a traditional Christmas lunch and assuring that they were well looked after throughout the event.  Most of the guests were transported to the venue by a fleet of Tendring Community buses manned by volunteer drivers.

Without the support of all the helpers the function would not have been possible.

The event was organised by the Rotary Club and funded by the generosity of the local community. Over the past 4 weeks the Rotary Club has been organizing local events to raise funds, the biggest of which was the Christmas Carol Concert at the Clacton Theatre, raising over £1,000 on the day. You may also have seen Rotarians collecting money outside of cold, wet and windy local supper markets and on the high street to make the event possible. Support came from many directions, including the catering staff of Clacton’s Golf Club, cooking the turkey breasts in advance and provision of the christmas cakes beautifully decorated by Tendring Creative Sugarcraft of Holland-on-Sea.

Engaines Primary School alsomade a very generous donation of £450.24, raising the money from collections after their Christmas performance. A big thank you to their Head, Jackie Irwin and their Finace Assistant, Debbie Cole, and of course to the pupils of the school who were the stars of the show.

Past President Kevin Harkin planned and coordinated the whole event and said …. “it was a great example of Rotary acting as a catalyst to draw together organisations and businesses in the town and in doing so giving joy to some less fortunate people”.  His very busy and stressful day was well rewarded by the smiles and congratulations from all the guests.

Our main thanks must go to the Principal and staff of the CCHS for their help and support together with Pinnacle for the use of the kitchen and dining room and all the Caretaking staff that contributed so much to make the day a great success.

And finally, a big thank to Councilor Mark Platt, Chair of Tendering Council for finding time in his busy schedule to visit the event; it was much appreciated by all.

Photos showing the range of activities and fund raising done over the festive period:

Predsident Mark Penn with Debra Cole of Engaines Primary School and some pupils