Teenagers organise special meal to spread festive cheer in Uppingham

Uppingham Youth Club members who helped out on the night, from left, Bea Wignall, Beth Turiccki, Leo Fowler, Chloe Knight, Jabe Driver, Sonny Pepper, Beth Anderson and Ellie Pepper.
Uppingham Youth Club members who helped out on the night, from left, Bea Wignall, Beth Turiccki, Leo Fowler, Chloe Knight, Jabe Driver, Sonny Pepper, Beth Anderson and Ellie Pepper.
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Residents of Uppingham, young and old, came together to celebrate Christmas in a night of festive fun organised by a youth club.

Uppingham Youth Club put on an evening of food and entertainment for seven very grateful elderly guests from the the town at Uppingham Church Rooms on Thursday last week.

The club, which part of Rutland County Council’s youth service, hosted the evening which included a four course Christmas meal, prepared by head chef and catering student Jabe Driver, as well as live music and great company for the elderly residents. The guests were invited by the club via the county’s Age UK branch.

One guest who was very impressed with the whole event was 99-year-old Dennis Garratt, who lives in Shepherd’s Way, Uppingham.

Dennis said: “The whole atmosphere of the evening was full of warmth, friendliness, happiness and very uplifting for us old folk who attended.

“The young teenagers were terrific with the way they helped us when we arrived and how they kept us entertained was lovely. I hope other schools and clubs will be encouraged to copy their work because the whole event was beautifully done and very touching.”

Coun Gene Plews, who is in charge of youth services at Rutland County Council, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations and sincere thanks to the young people of Uppingham who worked so hard to make this a night to remember for their older guests. I took a great deal of satisfaction watching them going about their work as they sourced the food, organised the menu and then looked after guests throughout the evening. What a perfect example of our young people doing us proud.”