Christmas hampers were delivered to over 30 local families by volunteers from the Be A Good Neighbour scheme, run by Crewkerne Community Church. The hampers contained everything that was needed to make a family Christmas dinner with a turkey, fresh vegetables, puddings, mince pies and drinks and extra treats of chocolates and crackers. Children whose family received a festive hamper also received a special Christmas present.

Reverend Stephen Gray of Crewkerne Community Church, who appeared as a guest on the December Zoom meeting of the Crewkerne Business Group, where he told members about the Be A Good Neighbour scheme and its Christmas initiative, was delighted with the response, as collectively members of CBG donated £500 – the cost of supplying 10 Christmas hampers. Reverend Gray said: “The Be A Good Neighbour team have been amazed at the generosity of local businesses, supermarkets, schools, churches and individuals, who have all joined together in sending gifts. BAGN had the joy of bringing a little happiness to the faces of the families we serve. Crewkerne – You have been utterly amazing.”

The BAGN scheme was set up at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in March, to help those who needed assistance with shopping, collection of prescriptions, a friendly voice to talk to on the phone or a regular hot meal. On Christmas Day the good work continued with volunteer cooks and helpers, preparing a traditional Christmas dinner in the community church kitchen for those who needed it in the community and volunteer drivers delivering the festive hot meals.

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