There was a warm and festive atmosphere in the Banqueting Hall of The Woodman Inn at lunchtime on Tuesday 4 December as 37 of Fernham’s 45 Seniors were dished up a wonderful two-course Christmas Lunch to start their Christmas season. A roaring log fire welcomed the pensioners into the specially decorated hall as they gathered for their annual ‘bash’ – a nice tradition which marks out Fernham among all the other Vale villages – not one other local village arranges this sort of event. Led by our wonderful Mrs Joyce Adams, 100 years old this year, reminiscences of village life were shared and updates on friends and family discussed over some truly delicious food. Neil Sutherland welcomed everyone on behalf of Fernham Village Trust and drew laughter at some comparisons between 1997 and today, and then gave everyone’s thanks to Emily Smith for organising such a happy event. Emily was presented with flowers as a token of our thanks. A toast was proposed to the health and happiness of Kay Nunn, who had organised this event for many years but was not able to come along this year, and to her husband Peter Nunn, who had in previous years delivered meals to pensioners . This year Gerrard Jonas kindly stepped into the breach and delivered meals to pensioners unable to get to the Woodman. Wine flowed and crackers were pulled and the jokes shared – ‘what do you call a lobster unwilling to share his presents – Shell-fish!’ – and silly hats worn by the brave. The Woodman staff worked tirelessly to deliver hot meals to everyone and special thanks to Caroline Valerio and son, Luke, for their hard work, thanks to Tessa and Francois worked so hard as well, not to mention the chefs.Yes, the event had everything that you’d expect! Very many thanks to all those who made it happen once again this year. Some nice “thank yous” were posted on the website:

Thank you for letting us have christmas lunch at home it was nice meal. Always nice to join in with the village.
Merry christmas to you all in Fernham, Best wishes Carole and Colin (Elmside)
We would like to thank The Village Trust for our lunch today. It has become a delightful part of the Fernham Christmas. To all involved in supplying it we give our grateful thanks. To Gerrard also for delivering it to us, although feeling far from well. We hope you will soon be better. Again our thanks and Good Wishes for Christmas and The New Year. June and Frank
Thank you so much to everybody involved with today’s lunch. Everything was perfect and thanks for delivering it to us.Brilliant in every way. Very best regards Chris and Frances 19 Elmside