Barnoldswick church group: ‘thanks for time and donations’

Hope Barlick church members and guests at the Home Alone Christmas Day meal. (S)
Hope Barlick church members and guests at the Home Alone Christmas Day meal. (S)

Christmas may be a distant memory for most but members of the Hope Barlick church group wish to thank those for making a festive meal a fantastic success.

Hope Barlick ran the Home Alone Christmas Day meal again in December and would like to thank volunteers for allowing West Craven residents who might otherwise have been eating alone to enjoy a delicious three course traditional meal together at St Joseph’s Community Centre.

The Rev. Norman Cumming, chief organiser of the latest meal, said: “We had a brilliant team of helpers who worked really well together to make this a special occasion that was thoroughly enjoyed.

“Our aim was to make it like a big family gathering, so we all sat around one table – guests and helpers together.

“There were 22 of us this year, including helpers. Our guests had a fantastic time and many of them are already looking forward to next Christmas, when we hope that even more locals will join us.”

Father Christmas had gone off duty after a busy night, but every guest still went home with a goody bag, a plant and a card, handmade by children from Gisburn Road Primary School.

Hope Barlick would also like to thank Barnoldswick Town Council for a grant towards costs and the individual donations from well-wishers, Chubby’s Chippy, House of Flowers, Chaudhry’s Greengrocer, Co-op, Majestic Discounts, S. J. and K. Brown Butchers and Liberty Bloom.