Older residents tuck into Christmas feast

20 December 2017 in Community neighbourhoods and Mayor and Older people
More than 200 older residents enjoyed a slap-up Christmas lunch with turkey, pudding, mince pies and all the trimmings, thanks to Newham Council.​
Mayor Sir Robin Wales, Deputy Mayor (Statutory) Councillor Ken Clark, and councillors helped serve up the meals at Newham Town Hall in East Ham to guests from across the borough’s eight community neighbourhoods.

The three-course lunch was organised by the community neighbourhood teams who work to bring people together to build strong and resilient communities.

The event was sponsored by catering and cleaning company Juniper Ventures Limited, one of the Newham Council-owned family of small businesses. Other support came from JJ Food Service, Prescott Thomas Limited, Tri-Star Packaging and William White Catering Butchers.

Representatives from all the sponsor companies sent staff to help on the day alongside students on catering courses at Newham College. In addition to the meal there was dancing and songs from Rat Pack-style crooner Sam Knight. There was also bingo and a raffle with prizes donated by Tesco.

The Mayor said: “While this is a season of friendship and goodwill, for many people it can be a lonely time of year. Events such as this show we are thinking of them.”

Councillor Clark added: “The Christmas lunch is one of many ways our community neighbourhood teams help residents take part in activities and have fun. I thank all of our generous sponsors who have made the event happen.”