The run-up to Christmas 2021

We're going to be SO busy ... Breakfast with Santa in Redhill and Woodhatch, one (if not two) Christmas Dinners to cook for Age Concern (Merstham) and lots of shop/street collections for food vouchers to local people in need.


December 2021 - we were SO busy; when the Covid lockdown eased we threw ourselves into what used to be our normal Christmas activities.

Throughout December we had several street collections - at Waitrose in Horley, Sainsbury and The Belfry in Redhill.  We thank the people of Redhill and Horley for supporting these collections, the money collected going to support the community by

      * buying 25 food vouchers for people in immediate need over the Christmas period.  These vouchers are             given to ESDAS and First Community to distribute among their clients.

       * buying food for, and cooking, two Christmas Dinners at Age Concern Merstham at their annual                           Christmas Party for members and volunteers.  In the past we have cooked one meal for 80 people,but               this year - as a nod to social distancing - we cooked two meals for 40 in one week. We are very grateful           to Waitrose for providing all the fresh vegetables for this meal.

We also arranged to ran two sessions of  Breakfast with Santa. On 18th December we ran one session at The Woodhatch Community Centre for the first time - 30 children booked places for an event that includes Christmas Crafting, breakfast and a kindly Santa who distributes gifts.  Our second session, at our 'home' base of the Redhill Methodist Church hall, was booked for 23rd December but unfortunately many people were becoming worried about social events during December and were more concerned with keeping safe in order to enjoy Christmas with their families.  We had several drop-outs from the Redhill event which left us with not enough guests to run the event well and it was cancelled - but all guests still received their gift.

December was very rewarding, fun, but exhausting.

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We're going to be SO busy ... Breakfast with Santa in Redhill and Woodhatch, one (if not two) Christmas Dinners to cook for Age Concern (Merstham) and lots of shop/street collections for food vouchers to local people in need.

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