Food and fun herald the festive season

Christmas charity lunch at Sainsbury's, Bedford.

Christmas charity lunch at Sainsbury's, Bedford.

People of all ages have been enjoying the run-up to the festive season.

A Christmas lunch was held in Bedford on Sunday to support several charities.

About 40 local representatives from charities including the Royal British Legion, the Salvation Army and the Food Bank were invited to the meal in the customer restaurant at Sainsbury’s Fairfield Park store.

The store has worked closely with the charities over the last few months.

The poppy appeal saw local war veterans collect in-store, while customers have generated donated items of food to support the Food Bank.

Fred Wooding, chairman from Clapham Road Branch of the Royal British Legion, said: “Sainsbury’s Fairfield Park customers have been really generous with their fundraising and their efforts have been a great help to us this year.

“The dinner was a great way to say thanks to the colleagues for their efforts.”

>> Beauchamp Middle School have been contributing to the Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul’s Church, Bedford since 2009 and they displayed another tree at the event this year.

The winners of the RE/PHSCE House Competition helped decorate the tree on the Tuesday, December 3, one of about 60 trees on display.

On Monday, December 9 the tree was taken back to Beauchamp where it will remain on display in the school reception until the end of term.

>> Christmas was in full swing in Flitwick on Tuesday, December 10 when a record number of 110 older people enjoyed a festive lunch at the Rufus Centre.

A homemade three-course meal including turkey and all the trimmings, which was cooked in-house, was served and all guests were treated to live musical entertainment from singer Amanda Seal.

Santa made a surprise visit and everybody received an individual Christmas cake to take home.

Flitwick resident Ed Hill has since emailed the town council saying: “Just a wee note to say how much we enjoyed the dinner.

“The food was good and the treat was to see Father Christmas!”

The council would like to thank Rebecca L Faret Solicitors, Priestley Farm and Tesco for sponsoring the event, members of the WI and other volunteers for helping on the day and the many local businesses who donated raffle prizes.

>> Crowds gathered at Tesco’s car park in Flitwick to watch the town light up for the Christmas season.

The community got together on December 1 to watch the big Lights switch on and were treated to a selection of stalls, games, a fun fair ride, play station with plenty of mulled wine served.

A children’s fancy dress competition was held and winners Isaac Ackroyd and Phoebe Misson won 
the chance to turn on the lights.

Tesco store manager Sean Purnell supported Flitwick Town Council with the event and he attended along with customer services manager Simon Waterfall.

Thanks go to Andrew Woolgar of D A Woolgar and Peter Bottoms of Bubbles Lighting and their band of helpers for putting up the great lights display.

Donations and funding from the town council meant that the display was extended again this year.

Thanks go to those businesses who allow their electricity supply to be used for the lights.

>> The much anticipated Winter Wonderland took place the following weekend in Flitwick and all profits would go towards improving the Christmas lights display for 2014.

The Rufus Centre was spectacularly transformed with a magical Santa’s Grotto, mini disco area, craft tables for children to decorate gingerbread men and paint their own Christmas puddings.

Sam Baston, six, from Flitwick, won the colouring competition and his picture now takes pride of place on the front cover of December’s edition of the Flitwick Papers.




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