It was an honour to be asked to go along with Councillor Des Hughes (Kingstanding) to the Elim Church to day to meet with a number of local residents enjoying there Food Bank members Christmas dinner.
Elim Church working with the Hawthorn Traders with funding from Oscott and Kingstanding Wards Community Chests, as well as money raised from others, put on a well attended event for some of the needier families in the area.
Those using the Food Bank service (nominated by organisations like the Social Services and doctors) where invited to pop in for a Christmas lunch and to listen to Christmas music.
There were crackers, turkey and Christmas puddings all round for everyone to enjoy.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, however it is very sad to think that in Oscott, this sort of event is needed, as for some children it will be the only taste of Christmas they get.
It is a very sad sign of the times when so many need so much.
Well done to the Elim Church and Hawthorn Road Traders, volunteers for all their hard work.