Christmas Day Meal 2019

On Christmas day, members and friends of the Rotary Club of Clacton-on-Sea served lunch and entertained over 150 local elderly and lonely folk at the Clacton County High School.
Led by Past President John Crocker over 40 Rotary members, their partners, and other local helpers gave up their Christmas Day to assist in welcoming the guests, preparing, cooking and serving a traditional Christmas lunch and providing tea. They made sure that they were all looked after throughout the day. Most of the guests had been transported to the venue by a fleet of Tendring Community buses manned by volunteered drivers.
The event, was organised by Rotary and funded by the generosity of the local community. Over the last month the Club has been organising various fund raising events, the biggest being the Christmas Carol Concert at the Westcliff Theatre which raised over  £ 910.  Rotarians have been collecting money outside local supermarkets and on the street in the cold rainy  and windy weather to make sure the event was possible.
Support came from many directions including Paul and Lynn from Clacton Golf Club who not only supervised our amateur cooks but also cooked the turkeys in advance, the Rotary Club also thanked the East of England Co-op, the RNLI and Farm Foods Clacton for their generous help in providing gifts. Our thanks must also go to the Chairman of Tendring District Council Councillor Dan Land who found time in his very busy schedule to visit the event and help to serve the food, and meet our guests; it was very much appreciated by them.
A surprise item on the event was when the visitors were superbly entertained by Esther Killington a Scottish Piper who had them all remembering and singing along with her. Our final thanks must go to the School Caretakers and Staff at  Clacton County High School.
Eventually at the end of the day our guests hopefully fully fed and entertained made their way home clutching their “goody” bags.