Christmas Day dinner invite

Vineyard Compassion, a charity of Causeway Coast Vineyard, is already making preparations for a five-course Christmas Day feast which will be held at their contemporary complex at Hillman Way, off Ballycastle Road, Coleraine.

The volunteer team consists of around 40 volunteers from CCV and nearby churches and all the food, decorations, treats and surprises are donated by businesses and individuals from the local area.

Heading up the team of volunteers is Pat Storey along with Vineyard Compassion worker, Melanie Gibson who is the charity’s food-bank manager. They say that the event is open to everyone – for people on their own, those who are isolated and away from home, people who don’t have family, anyone who is struggling financially, or for those who just find Christmas a difficult time.

All ages and families are welcome and there is no cost involved.

The team will comesin on Christmas Eve to set up and help create a fun, family atmosphere as well as making food preparations for the five-course meal.

Transport can be provided on Christmas morning for guests from designated places in the surrounding area.

Guests will arrive to a mulled wine and shortbread reception and then sit down to their sumptuous meal. During the celebrations there will be carol singing and after a long-night of hard work Santa will have time to pop in to make an appearance.

The church works with various voluntary and statutory agencies such as the Simon Community, Women’s Aid, Women’s Refuge, Social Services, Triangle Housing, Surestart and CRUN and the organisations encourage their clients to avail of Vineyard’s provisions.

However, guests who want to avail of the Christmas Day dinner need to pre-book in order for the team to accommodate any individual requirements.

Festivities kick off at 11.30am and last until around 2pm. The five-course meal consists of the full works – homemade vegetable soup to start off with then a main course of turkey, ham, stuffing and all the traditional trimmings, choice of dessert and if you’re still hungry there’s tea/coffee and mince pies to finish off and after-dinner mints.

If you would like to join the festivities at Vineyard on Christmas Day please contact Vineyard Compassion on 07743 008 238 to reserve your place.