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At the 2012 AGM, Members asked Solent Mind if they would provide details of activities and events within the community that were available to them during the Christmas period.

The below is not exhaustive, and if you know of anything else within the area please email fundraising@solentmind.org.uk or contact us to include further details of events that you know about.

Abbyfield’s Companionship at Christmas

Companionship at Christmas provides free festive lunches and overnight stays to older people who would otherwise be alone during the Christmas period. For more information, and to find a centre close to you, follow this link.

City Life Church, Community Cafe

Small Hall, Central Hall, St Mary Street, Southampton SO14 1NF 023 8023 4000 Website

The Community Cafe will still run on Sun 23rd and 30th December (with a Christmas Dinner on 23rd). The timings on the 23rd are still to be confirmed but expected to be 1:30-5:30pm and 4:30-6pm on the 30th.

There is also a carol service at Central Hall from 6pm on Sunday 23rd December.

The Salvation Army

Portsmouth Citadel, Lake Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 4HA 02392 890953 Website

Portsmouth Citadel have a community cafe which is open 6 days a week from 9am to 2pm throughout the year. The cafe serves a range of snacks including a daily lunch option. The cafe is a public one but offers a warm and friendly welcome to all.

On Thursdays we have a CAMEO club (Come And Meet Each Other). Most of the members are over 60, although one or two younger people attend. Club members gather from 11am in readiness for a 2-course lunch (£3.50) followed by the club meeting at 1.30 – 2.30pm.

24th December 2012

The Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army’s cafe will be serving a Christmas lunch on Christmas Eve. Please contact Portsmouth Salvation Army if you are interested in attending so that they are able to cater as needed.

Southampton Shirley Corps, Victor Street, Shirley, Southampton SO15 5LH 023 8077 1655 Website

25th December 2012
A small Christmas day service at 10am followed by tea coffee & minced pies. Christmas Day meal starting at about 12pm and ends around 3pm.

Southsea Citadel, 84 Albert Road, Southsea PO5 2SN 023 9282 1164 Website

25th December 2012
A Christmas Day lunch for those in the area who are single or couples who cannot be with family.

Access to the service is by completing a form which is available at The Lighthouse Charity Shop in Albert Road Southsea. Forms need to be collected as postal service is not available. Forms can be returned by post.

Winchester Corps, Parchment Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8AZ 01962 854239 Website

23rd December 2012
2-2.30pm – light lunch. This happens every week in the Salvation Army hall on Sundays and over the Christmas/New year period.

25th December 2012
Christmas Day Meal at 12.30pm. A short Carol Service at 10.30am followed by Coffee/mince pies, then lunch. Please contact Winchester Corps to register your interest as they will need to know names/numbers nearer the time for catering purposes.

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