Community at Christmas

Pakenham seniors tuck into their Christmas meal in the village hall
Pakenham seniors tuck into their Christmas meal in the village hall
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Pakenham’s pensioners have had a Christmas meal thanks to the seasonal goodwill of their fellow villagers.

In the past the pensioners might have popped along to The Fox pub, which closed in November 2011, so Andrea Davey, owner of Pakenham-based caterers Elite Cakes and Buffets, decided to do something about it.

Andrea said: “I wanted to put something back into the community.

“I regularly cater for groups with a lot of the folk who often ask if I can cook their dinners for them every day.

“So, I had the brain-wave of putting on a Christmas dinner.”

She approached retired postmaster Max Bacon an his wife Jan for advice on putting on such a ‘do’ and they organised a village jumble sale which made more than £700.

In addition, there were donations from people and organisations in the village.

So on Saturday evening 56 Pakenham pensioners gathered at the village hall and sat down to a three-course Christmas meal prepared by Andrea and served by village volunteers.

Entertainment was given by village singers, led by Jacinta Wright, who sang old favourites and Christmas songs.

Linda Scholes, from Great Barton, gave her comical insight to life.

Andrea added: “The village hall committee agreed to let us use the hall free of charge, which we thank them for, and with the help of local people the whole day was deemed a great success.”

Andrea, who has 35 years experience in catering, set up her business in 1998 and runs it from her Pakenham home.

Where possible she uses locally sourced food with meat selected from local butchers and free-range eggs from a Pakenham farm.

The Fox closed in November 2011 was sold in the December by its owners Admiral Taverns.

In August last year its new owner, developer, Vince Somers told villagers it would ‘eventually reopen’, though he said it needed £250,000 of investment.