CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH: I think this has to to be the best one yet. What a wonderful day we had. The new volunteers were amazing, everything was done so quick and they were warm and welcoming to the thirty diners who joined us. We were delighted to welcome some new faces this year who would otherwise have spent the whole day alone, instead they had someone new to chat with, enjoyed a delicious freshly cooked three course lunch with extras and went home tired but happy and full, taking with them a small Christmas gift. We are very grateful to so many this year not least those who donated, Roger Daltry turkey, Old Orchard Nursery gammon and cheese, Waterhouse funeral directors £100 for the wine and soft drinks, April Barrow Christmas puddings, Northiam Dairy cream and milk, Eileen Craddock Christmas crackers, Lorna and Yuti Chernerovsky wine and chocolates, Pat and Peter Stephenson Christmas cake, cash from Marjorie Axell, Martin Susse and Peter and Mollie Beachamp. This was just wonderful and we find it humbling so many want to give. Thank you so much. But this lovely lunch couldn’t take place without the wonderful volunteers who give up their day to help, and this year we had more than ever, which made it so much easier to put together and make happen, so huge thank you to Babs and Phil Dixon, Jilly and Andrew Wingfield and Jilly’s dad Edward, Bridget and Alan Shersby, Jacqui, Dave and Lucy Kuhler, Jackie and Michael Ashdown, Carol Whittam, Celestine Swatton, Natalie Crabtree and Linda Cooper. This is our thirteenth year of organising this lunch and the first time we have felt so relaxed at the end of it but also thanks to the generosity it hasn’t cost us. The feedback from the diners has been very pleasing too. Someone asked when I was going to stop doing this, all I can say is I am not ready to yet.