Community lunch aims to put a stop to lonely Christmas in Ringmer

Ringmer residents enjoying Christmas lunch together, photo by Jamie Peacock.
Ringmer residents enjoying Christmas lunch together, photo by Jamie Peacock.

Residents met for Christmas lunch in Ringmer on December 25 to try to make sure no one spent the day alone.

More than 35 people shared a meal at Ringmer Village Hall in an effort to tackle loneliness during the festive period.

More than 35 people came together to share Christmas lunch in Ringmer, photo by Jamie Peacock.

More than 35 people came together to share Christmas lunch in Ringmer, photo by Jamie Peacock.

Guests enjoyed a three-course lunch and quizzes and singing led by Daphne Starnes at the event.

More than 15 volunteers helped to organise the day - and the mountains of washing up - with the support of Lew Howard & Son Butchers in Ringmer, Ringmer Baptist Church, and donations of time and money from many others.

Guests returned home with Christmas gifts after finishing the day watching The Queen’s Speech.