Never too old to enjoy a visit from Santa

December 2012

Guests at All Saints Monday Club in Lanchester proved you are never too old to enjoy a visit from Santa when he surprised them with a visit to their Christmas celebrations recently.

Everyone was delighted when Santa popped in to deliver gifts and join in with the festivities which had been organised by the regular volunteers.

Canon Bob Spence sat with guests and volunteers at a central table filled with festive goodies as children from All Saints Choir opened the evening's entertainment with a selection of traditional carols. After everyone took part in a free raffle, choral group, Young At Heart rounded off the evening with a medley of show tunes which had everyone joining in.

“Everyone had such a wonderful time and the warmth and family atmosphere of the Monday Club really came into its own,” said volunteer, Kate Edwards. “Christmas is traditionally a time for sharing and enjoying the company of others, but for many elderly people who live alone or who are isolated from their community, it can be a very unhappy and lonely time. Every time we meet, the Monday Club restores that feeling of togetherness and the sense of belonging that had been missing for too long in some people's lives.”

All Saints Monday Club is held every week in All Saints Parish Hall in Lanchester and is one of twelve PACE (Parish and Community Enablement) projects around the region, run by volunteers and supported by St Cuthberts Care.

If you or someone you know would like to attend All Saints Monday Club, would like more information or would like to volunteer, contact Gloria Corry on 01207 520783.