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No More Vonlunteers Required for 2022

Please keep an eye on this website for news of when we will be asking for help to run our 2023 Free Christmas Lunch.

Now things are getting back to a more normal situation, following the pandemic, we will once again run the Community Christmas lunch at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury. So, that said, we are actively looking for volunteers to help stage the event and will be holding meetings at St Mary’s with those who would like to help out so as to have the opportunity to explain what tasks need to be carried out and to allocate those tasks to those best suited to perform them.

If you will have time to spare, and you would like to join in with running this very worthwhile cause, please come along to one of our meetings. Details of meeting dates are published below.

Thank you for your continued support.

When and How Much Time Does it take?

The St Mary’s Free Christmas Lunch is a non–religeous event taking place on Christmas Day from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm. The time you give to it is up to you. It can be just an hour or two, or you can stay from beginning to end. If you can’t make Christmas Day then perhaps you can give up a little of your time to help with vegetable preparation on Christmas Eve. Whatever task you perform it will be of tremandous help.

What Help is Needed?

The tasks that our volunteers help out with are welcoming and caring for the guests, serving meals, waiting on tables, clearing dishes and washing up (more job descriptions below).

There is another task we would like someone to help out with this year and that is to drive our minibus. This will be to transport the guests to the venue, people who otherwise would be unable to attend. Applicants will need to have a clean driving licence that legally permits them to drive the vehicle and preferably have some experience of minibus driving.

Main Job Descriptions

Set up Team – This group of volunteers will need to be on hand to set up the floor area of the church with tables and chairs, which cannot take place until after the St Mary’s Christmas day morning service has finished. This will be at approximately 11.30am.

Meeters and Greeters – In this role you will be asked to meet and greet our guests, making sure they are looked after by sitting and talking with them in the reception area. There will be tea and coffee available, so they may need help to get a hot drink. During the Free Christmas Meal, and during the games that follow, you will need to sit at the table with the quests, engaging them in friendly conversation. For this task you too will get a free Christmas meal.

Servers – In this role you will be asked to help plate–up each of the three courses of traditional Christmas lunch whilst those waiting at tables will serve the guests.

Waiters and Waitresses – If you are assigned to this task you will be required to serve each of our guests with their free Christmas meal by taking the plated food to the tables.

Clearers – Those who are working inthis role will be required to remove dirty crockery and cutlery and take to washing area, after disposing of any scraps.

Washers – Your job will be to remain in the kitchen and to wash and dry all the crockery and cutlery used during the meal.

General Assistants – For this task you will be required to work in rotation with other members of this team to man the front door of the church, each for a short period throughout the day, to welcome guests and to assist with security duties. The team is also made up of First Aiders, entertainment staff, those assisting with transport and other general duties, including helping out at the end of the afternoon to clear and tidy the church.

Volunteer Meetings

Meetings for volunteers are held at St. Mary’s Church in Aylesbury to discuss the allocation of job roles, as well as any other arrangements. Meetings begin at 10am and last for abount an hour.

2022 Volunteer Meeting Dates

We now have a sufficient number of volunteers to run our Christmas day event.

If you would like to put your name down as a volunteer for 2023 then please do get in touch.


How Can I Find Out More?

This website is continually updated as and when there is more news. However, if you have any question that youy would like to put to the team then we will be happy hear from you. You can gain access to all the communication methods by going to the Contact Us page within this website.

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