Don’t Be Alone In Surrey This Christmas

 

Don’t Be Alone In Surrey This Christmas

As we all know Christmas as a time to traditionally meet up with friends and family, eat, drink and be merry, exchange gifts, watch dubious TV and have the odd ‘disagreement’!

As someone who has spent more than one Christmas alone I appreciate possibly more than most that not everyone is so fortunate and Christmas can be a very lonely time for those with no-one to share the Christmas spirit with.

Everyone else’s joy and perfect family life is amplified and impossible to avoid (unless you’re watching Eastenders of course!).

But did you know there are many community groups across Surrey that organise events and Christmas day lunches/dinners to ensure that no-one needs to be alone.

If you know of someone, whatever their age, who is going to be alone at Christmas and when asked if they will be OK respond with ‘Yes, of course I’ll be fine’ please do not walk away.

Make them aware of everything going on locally.

We have full details of events, where they are being held further down this post, we are highlighting those that are Free and offering Free transport for Guests.

Some also offer meal deliveries.

Some are geared just towards the elderly but there are also many, many options for all age groups.

Most require pre-booking so please if you, or someone you know, would benefit from any of the events and activities being offered get in touch with them sooner rather than later.

If you are alone over Christmas please talk to someone – It’s ok to ask for support if you’re struggling to cope.

The level of support and number of events and activities available prove that you’re not alone and don’t need to be alone.

I never ask for much but please, please share this page so that anyone in need of support, whatever that kind of support is, has a starting point and some comfort that they are not alone over Christmas.

 

Support Over The Festive Period

Aside from Christmas Dinners there is also a lot of additional support available to those in need over the festive period.

Surrey Information Point have details of support services which will be available over the festive period:

Where to get urgent help in Surrey and NE Hants

If you’re seeking urgent mental health support over the festive period, there are local services that can help, especially outside of GP or Community Mental Health Service opening hours:

Call the Mental Health Crisis Helpline: 0300 456 8342

Lines are open 5pm-9am weekdays
24 hours during weekends and bank holidays including Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day.
SMS text for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: 07717 989024

Visit a Safe Haven – Aldershot*, Epsom, Guildford, Redhill, Woking

  • Drop-ins each open 6pm-11pm, 365 days a year, for anyone aged 18 and over in mental health crisis
  • Aldershot is opens earlier, from 12.30pm, on weekends and bank holidays – includes Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
  • More information at www.sabp.nhs.uk/safehaven

Visit a CYP Haven – Epsom, Guildford, Redhill, Staines,

  • At least one of the drop-ins for 10-18 year olds and their carers is open on most days over the festive period
  • See festive opening times chart for details. CYP Havens are closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • More information at www.cyphaven.net

(You can also call your GP for an urgent appointment or in a physical emergency always call 999.)

The Age UK Advice Line is open 8am to 7pm, 365 days per year

If you are struggling to cope please do consider The Samaritans.

There are different ways to contact them here:

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us

The Samaritans: “Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123.
We’re here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us.”

Another organisation with additional support over Christmas is Community Christmas.

“Community Christmas believes that no older person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be.

Communities are encouraged to provide companionship to older people on Christmas Day by running a community Christmas Lunch event, joining up with others at a local pub or restaurant, popping round for tea and cake, perhaps organizing a film viewing or anything else that can be enjoyed by all those that take part. This should be a chance to meet up with old friends and make new friends creating bonds in the community that last well beyond the single day.”

If there is anything we have missed from this page can you please email us and let us know so that we can update this page : info@thehershamhub.co.uk

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What’s Can You Do on Christmas Day If You Don’t Want To Be Alone?

Simple answer. A Lot.

All FREE.

And many offering FREE transport.

There is lots going on in Surrey on Christmas Day catered specifically for those who may be alone and feeling lonely.

Many of these are suitable for all ages but some are just for over 55’s and have facilities to cater for the elderly more than others.

Most require pre-booking so please do give this some consideration ASAP.

Some also offer meal deliveries.

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The Lighthouse

8-10 High Street, Woking, GU21 6BG

Phone: 0773 7111128
Email: george@luminaministries.com

Name: George Osborn

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages but no special consideration of the needs of older people,
Location:Community hall,
Meal deliveries: Not available,
Time: Lunch
Transport: is Free for guests
Volunteers: not needed

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Moorcroft Community Centre

Old School Pl, Westfield, Woking, GU22 9PB

Phone: 01932 403292
Email: anneroberts3@ntlworld.com

Name: Anne Roberts
Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered,
Location: Community hall,
Meal deliveries: Available,
Time: Lunch,
Transport: Free for guests
Volunteers: Needed

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Oakcroft House Bupa Care Home

Oakcroft Rd, West Byfleet KT14 6JG

Phone: 0808 115 4520
Email: events@bupa.com

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Care/Retirement home or similar,
Meal deliveries: Not available,
Time: All Day – Join us at Oakcroft House from 12.30pm
Transport: Attendees usually arrange their own transport, but please contact us if assistance is required.
Volunteers: Not needed

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Our Lady’s RC Church Hall

Madeira Rd, West Byfleet KT14 6BH

Phone: 07944 224707
Email: christmaslunch@stjohnswestbyfleet.org.uk

Name: J Pritchard

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered – For people from West Byfleet and local villages.
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available,
Time: Lunch,
Transport: Attendees own
Volunteers: Not needed

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Jacobs Well Village Hall

Jacobs Well Rd, Jacobs Well, Guildford GU4 7PD

Phone: 07050 054873
Email: marta.gaskin@unigold2000.co.uk

Name: Marta Gaskin

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages but no special consideration of the needs of older people
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available,
Time: Lunch
Transport: Free for guests
Volunteers: not needed

 

Queen Elizabeth Park Centre

Railton Road, Queen Elizabeth Park, Guildford GU2 9LX

Phone: 07805 191209
Email: kate.whiting@newlifebaptist.org.uk

Name: Kate Whiting

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered
Location: Community hall,
Meal deliveries: Not available,
Time: Afternoon
Transport: Attendees own
Volunteers: Needed

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Ashley Park Bupa Care Home

The St, West Clandon, Guildford GU4 7SU

Phone: 0808 115 4520
Email: events@bupa.com

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required,
Guests: Older people only with needs considered,
Location: Care/Retirement home
Meal deliveries: Not available,
Time: Lunch – Join us at Ashley House from 12pm to 3pm.
Transport:  Attendees usually arrange their own transport but please contact us if assistance is required.
Volunteers: Not needed

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Addlestone Community Centre

Garfield Rd, Addlestone KT15 2NJ

Phone: 01932 829678
Email: penny.potter@salvationarmy.org.uk

Cost: Donations accepted
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered – For residents of Runnymede borough
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: All Day
Transport: Free for guests,
Volunteers: Needed

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Dene Place Bupa Care Home

Ripley Ln, West Horsley KT24 6JW

Phone: 0808 115 4520
Email: events@bupa.com

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Care/Retirement home or similar
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch – Join us at Dene Place from 12.30pm.
Transport:  Attendees usually arrange their own transport but please contact us if assistance is required
Volunteers: not needed

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St Andrews Church House Centre

Church Gate House, Downside Bridge Rd, Cobham KT11 3EJ

Phone: 01932 867883
Email: parishoffice@standrewscobham.org.uk

Name: Elaine Bray

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch
Transport: Free for guests,
Volunteers: Needed

The Flintgate

139 Oatlands Dr, Weybridge KT13 9LA

Phone: 07764 673501
Email: james@bigsmokebrew.co.uk

Name: James Morgan

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Pub/ Restaurant/ Hotel
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch
Transport: Free for guests
Volunteers: not needed

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Collingwood Grange Bupa Care Home

Portsmouth Rd, Camberley GU15 1LD

Phone: 0808 115 4520
Email: events@bupa.com

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Care/Retirement home or similar
Meal deliveries: Not available,
Time: Lunch – Join us at Collingwood Grange 11am to 4pm.
Transport: Attendees usually arrange their own transport but please contact us if assistance is required.
Volunteers: Not needed

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Sutton Lodge Bupa Care Home

87 Oatlands Dr, Weybridge KT13 9LN

Phone: 0808 115 4520
Email: events@bupa.com

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Care/Retirement home
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: All Day – Join us at Sutton Lodge from 10am to 6pm.
Transport: Attendees usually arrange their own transport, but please contact us if assistance is required.
Volunteers: not needed

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Greeno Centre

45 Glebeland Gardens, Shepperton TW17 9DH

Phone: 07775 901035
Email: carolinebutton2006@yahoo.co.uk

Name: Caroline Button

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered – Shepperton and surrounding areas
Location: Community hall,
Meal deliveries: Available,
Time: Lunch
Transport: Free for guests
Volunteers: needed

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Puttenham Hill House Bupa Care Home

Hog’s Back, Puttenham, Guildford GU3 1AH

Phone: 0808 115 4520
Email: events@bupa.com

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Care/Retirement home
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch – Join us at Puttenham Hill House from 12pm to 2pm.
Transport: Other
Volunteers: not needed

 

Eastbury Manor Bupa Care Home

The St, Compton, Guildford GU3 1EG

Phone: 0808 115 4520
Email: events@bupa.com

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Care/Retirement home or similar,
Meal deliveries: Not available,
Time: Lunch – Join us at Eastbury Manor from 10.30am to 6pm.
Transport: Attendees usually arrange their own transport but please contact us if assistance is required.
Volunteers: not needed

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Glendale Care Home

Ambleside Avenue, Walton-On-Thames, Surrey, KT12 3LW

Phone: 01932 251980
Email: sunita.aucharaz@anchor.org.uk

Name: Sunita Aucharaz
Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Care/Retirement home or similar
Meal deliveries: Available
Time: Lunch,
Transport: Attendees own
Volunteers: Not needed

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St Peter’s Parish Centre

60 Church Ave, Farnborough GU14 7AP

Phone: 01252 513111
Email: kathyp@stpetersfarnborough.org.uk

Name: Elizabeth Lowden

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Community hall,
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch,
Transport: Free for guests,
Volunteers: Needed

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Fetcham Village Hall

The St, Fetcham, Leatherhead KT22 9QS

Phone: 07775 798047
Email: themeetingroom123@gmail.com

Contact: Joanna Sherring

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking not required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch
Transport: Free for guests – Pick-ups can be arranged from Epsom, Dorking and Bookham.
Volunteers: not needed

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Arbrook House Bupa Care Home

36 Copsem Ln, Esher KT10 9HE

Phone: 0808 115 4520
Email: events@bupa.com

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered,
Location: Care/Retirement home or similar
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch – Join us at Arbrook House from 11am to 6.30pm.
Transport: Attendees usually arrange their own transport but please contact us if assistance is required.
Volunteers: not needed

Baptist Church Godalming

15 Queen St, Godalming GU7 1BA

Phone: Guests: 01483 497842 Volunteers: 01483 429640
Email: Guests: gwenwheatman@hotmail.co.uk Volunteers: martin2ls@btinternet.com

Name: For guests – Gwen Wheatman For volunteers Gillian Martin

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages but no special consideration of the needs of older people
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch,
Transport: Free for guests,
Volunteers: Needed

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Dorking Christian Centre

Church St, Dorking RH4 1DW

Phone: 01306 886830
Email: centremanager@dorkingmethodist.co.uk

Name: Clare
Cost: Donations accepted – Suggested donation of £5
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch
Transport: Attendees own,
Volunteers: Needed

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Waverley Grange Bupa Care Home

43 Waverley Ln, Farnham GU9 8BH

Phone: 0808 115 4520
Email: events@bupa.com

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: Older people only with needs considered
Location: Care/Retirement home
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch – Join us at Waverley Grange from 11am to 2pm.
Transport: Attendees usually arrange their own transport, but please contact us if assistance is required.

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St Nicolas Church Rooms

High St, Cranleigh GU6 8AS

Phone: 01483 273620 – Please leave a message and someone will call back.

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Afternoon
Transport: Free for guests
Volunteers: Needed

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Epsom Methodist Church

11-13 Ashley Rd, Epsom KT18 5AQ

Phone: 0777 5503719
Email: lisahalstead500@gmail.com

Name: Keith & Lisa Halstead

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required

Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered – Available to singles or couples in the Borough of Epsom & Ewell
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Afternoon,
Transport: Free for guests
Volunteers: Needed

Kingston United Reform Church

Eden St, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HZ

Phone: 02085 491888
Email: premises@urckingston.org.uk

Name: Catherine Treweek

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered
Location: Community hall,
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch
Transport: Attendees own
Volunteers: not needed

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Farnham Memorial Hall

Babbs Mead, West Street, Farnham GU9 7EE

Phone: 01252 716785 & 01252 712600
Email: mariolaboyd@btinternet.com

Name: Mariola Boyd & Michael McDonnell

Cost: Free
Traditional Christmas lunch, Guest booking required
Guests: All ages needs of the elderly considered – Farnham catchment area.
Location: Community hall
Meal deliveries: Not available
Time: Lunch,
Transport: Free for guests,
Volunteers: not needed

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If you are alone over Christmas please talk to someone – It’s ok to ask for support if you’re struggling to cope.

The level of support and number of events and activities available prove that you’re not alone and don’t need to be alone.

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