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Helpers wanted to bring some Christmas cheer

An Aberdare church is once again appealing for volunteers to help serve Christmas lunch to people who would otherwise be on their own.

For the last two years around 90 local people have given up some or all of their Christmas Day to organise the meal for about 70 diners, in St Fagan’s Community Hall, Trecynon.

Father Richard Green, Vicar of St Fagan’s Church, said: “Our first Christmas Day lunch two years ago was a resounding success. Last year it was perhaps even better, as we had learned how to organise things better. On both occasions we were overwhelmed with people wanting to be involved, and everyone – volunteers and diners alike – had a lovely day.

“As well as enjoying a two-course lunch followed by cake, all the guests had a present and there were crackers and decorations. Everything including food, gifts, trimmings was donated by local people or businesses.”

Volunteers take on a variety of roles, added Fr Green. “Some people volunteered to pick up the guests and bring them to the hall, while others cooked and served the food. Another group organised entertainment, such as carol singing, while of course an important task was all the washing up at the end of the day! “There is definitely a role for everyone”, added Fr Green.

Anyone who would like to help out this year should email Fr Green at vicar.stfagans@btconnect.com or telephone him on 01685 881435.

Picture shows a previous Christmas lunch in Trecynon