There is in our village. It's all because of something called The Townlands Trust Charity. The Trust - dating back to the 1800's once owned 5 tenements, which were almshouses, and more than 75 acres, the houses were sold off 30 years ago but the land is still rented out - once to households for allotments but now to farmers, they actually owned our bit of meadow until it was sold off in the 1980s. A long time ago they gave "2 penny loaves weekly to the poor" but now it's a free Christmas lunch to over 60's as well as a donation to the church and the school.
When something says "free" I'm there like a shot even though I thought I wouldn't know anybody. But when I rang up to book a place the lady told me that Mrs F - who lived in our cottage before us - would be going so at least I would know her.
The meal was last Monday at a large pub on the A140, just a few miles up the road from home ........ it was a snowy and icy day. Avoiding the busy main road I drove there "the back way" so I could go slowly through the slush.
|Not as sunny as this on Monday!|
The food was delicious, I had chosen a veggie option of filo-pastry parcel filled with leeks, nuts and mushrooms in a mushroom sauce served on a bed of rocket and with roast potatoes. For desert a chocolate brownie with ice cream. Then there was coffee and a mini mince pie. On arrival we found a bag of chocolate coins on the table for everyone and a raffle ticket each.
My ticket was actually drawn out - mainly because there were enough gifts for everyone! and I picked this
Thank you to everyone for comments. I'll do a hospital update soon.
My £12 Christmas treat money has so far bought some Pringles for £1.25, another box of the Nescafe Salted Caramel coffee sachets for £1.50, some Port Salut cheese for £2 and I wanted Jacobs Cornish Wafer biscuits but Asda in Stowmarket didn't have any, so there is still cash left for next shopping trip. I'm quite cheap to keep at Christmas!