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Newbury Soup Kitchen, which works with homeless and vulnerable people, hosted its annual Christmas party on Thursday, serving 59 traditional dinners to its clients.

The meals were prepared by Julie Cobbett, Rob Honour-Avery and a team of volunteers, and Father Christmas made an appearance to distribute parcels, assisted by the Reverend Gary Collins of St John's Church.

The parcels came courtesy of a donation from Newbury Freemasons, and were wrapped in bags created and printed by Thatcham firm Inks Personalized.

The Christmas party in full swing.
The Christmas party in full swing.

Entertainment was provided by Newbury Town Strummers, while a client even offered a rendition of Elvis Presley.

Soup Kitchen chief executive Meryl Praill said of the day: "We all love our work and are committed to strive forward to eventually open a permanent community support centre in the centre of Newbury.

"The volunteers are the kindest, most dedicated people you can meet.

The Christmas party in full swing.
The Christmas party in full swing.

"I am so honoured to have them as colleagues and friends.

"Every single volunteer makes such an impact on people’s lives – it is wonderful."

The Christmas party in full swing.
The Christmas party in full swing.


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