We hope everyone has a magical time over Christmas, but for some it will be a lonely time, and many will be older members of our community.

John Meney

Step forward chef John Meney (pictured), usually to be found in the kitchen of the Stable Bar, at the Polmanter Touring Park, Halsetown, who is giving up his Christmas Day for others.

He is organising a Christmas Day meal in St Ives Guildhall for the elderly and those who find themselves alone.

He said: “I’ve a fantastic team beside that will, no doubt, make this the most enjoyable day for everyone who’s wishing to join us.

“For anyone wishing to come along, please come into Colenso’s store, on Gabriel Street, St Ives, and leave your name and number.

“If transport is an issue on Christmas Day, it will be our pleasure to get you there and guarantee to get you home with that warm feeling of Christmas inside you.” Anyone wishing to add to donations already received for the event is welcome to get in touch with John, via Colenso’s.