Festive feast for over 60s club

Salvation Army Over 60s club held a party thanks to donated food collected for a party called 'the mother Christmas party' which nobody attended. ''Pictured: Members of the club, Barbara Bonner-Morgan and young helper Cristiana ANL-150113-171704009
Salvation Army Over 60s club held a party thanks to donated food collected for a party called 'the mother Christmas party' which nobody attended. ''Pictured: Members of the club, Barbara Bonner-Morgan and young helper Cristiana ANL-150113-171704009
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Christmas has come twice for a Stowmarket over 60s club after it was donated food left over from a festive event that never happened.

Barbara Bonner-Morgan found herself with a surplus of Christmas turkey dinners after no-one turned up to the ‘Mother Christmas Party’ she had organised for lonely, elderly people at the Maypole Pub in Wetherden.

But Barbara was eager the food went to a good place so donated the festive treats to Stowmarket’s Salvation Army’s over 60s club.

On Tuesday the club tucked into the meal - with crackers, hats and Christmas pudding for afters.

Barbara said it was good the food had found a suitable home.

“We had managed in 12 days to organise 35 frozen turkey dinners with puddings and cake and napkins to make a really good Christmas party on December 29.

“It had publicity in the papers - but no-one turned up leaving us with 35 frozen meals untouched.

“I think people were either too shy or found transport difficult.

“On January 13, the Salvation army usually give their over 60s club a lunch but instead they had this big Christmas dinner.

“It made for a wonderful meal.

“Beforehand they play all sorts of games - Scrabble, table tennis -and they have a party at lunch time. I am so glad the food went to a good place.

After the group had eaten, one of Barbara’s grandchildren, Cristiana, three, joined in the fun, handing out gold chocolate coins.

“She gave everyone a Christmas penny, she said.

“I think if children are included it makes people very happy.

“They just loved her being there.”

Barbara said she plans to get an over 60s club going at the Maypole.

“We would like to do a copycat over 60s club party in Wetherden,” she said.

“They do a special cheaper meal for pensioners on Tuesdays - I’d like to organise an event for February 10.

“It may be a way to pick up people for next year’s Mother Christmas Party.”

Barbara said she would like to thank all those in Elmswell, Haughley, Stowupland and Wetherden who kindly donated food for the Christmas party.