Christmas is a difficult time for some people, but thanks to the work of Dennis Humble and his team, Debbie Griffiths from WRVS, and several local volunteers it was once again a day of convivial company and good food for many people in Ross. The Ryefield Centre was the setting for a traditional Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings.
Planning takes some weeks and thanks are due to those who fund the event, for example the Phoenix Theatre Singers. They held collections after their Annual Christmas Concerts in December where they raised just over £100. This was donated via the Ross on Wye Lions Club who support this lunch every year.
Guests arrived around midday to a friendly welcome and the offer of a drink. The New Life and Baptist Church members sang traditional Carols and the Mayor and Mayoress of Ross were present to share seasonal greetings. Many congratulations must go to the new chef this year, Dave Howley, who gave of his time and skill to make sure that a delicious hot Christmas dinner was prepared.
Despite his normal hectic schedule, Santa found time to call by and offer his good wishes to everyone. While this was in progress, Ross Lions members took meals to those unable to leave their homes, making sure that they had some company and a chance for a chat. Those who took part in this celebration all agreed that it helps to make Christmas even more special and shows the true spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Ross-on-Wye!