No-one needs to be alone in Lewisham on Christmas Day.

From Deptford to Bellingham there are churches and cafes offering lunch and friendship on 25 December, some are drop-ins and  some need to be booked in advance.

Lewisham Pensioners Forum (020 8690 7869) have compiled this list in good faith. So please don’t blame them should arrangements have changed.  The responsibility is yours to check times and booking places.

Essential: please, if you book into a lunch and arrange transport but then find you’re with family or friends after all, LET THE ORGANISERS KNOW. The nightmare situation is your driver having to get hold of the emergency services on Christmas Day (when they are extra busy) simply because you’re not there to answer a door-bell.

Deptford Methodist Church, 1 Creek Road, 5E8 3BT A 10.30 service or just come along at 1130 for welcome, tea and coffee. Then a 3-course lunch (tell them in advance of dietary requirements) followed by games and entertainment, finishing at 3.30. Phone Maria on 020 8692 5599 to confirm numbers and discuss transport.
All Saints, Monson Road, SE14 5EH  Mass in the Community Hall at 11am, then drop in for traditional lunch starting at around 1pm, followed by an afternoon of great entertainment and tea with cakes and sandwiches. No charge for anything. Phone Father Owen on 020 7639 3497 as some transport may be available.
St Johns, off Lewisham Way, SE8 4EA  Lunch from 12.30 to 3pm—phone Peter on 020 8692 2857 to book in advance and •ask about limited transport options .
Cumming  Up Restaurant & Take-away 389 Lewisham High Street, 5E13 6NZ  Richard Simpson and his family cook traditional British Christmas bay fare (including Brussels sprouts!), plus jerk chicken, rice & peas and mixed salad—1pm to 6pm.
Christchurch Reformed Church Bellingham, 5E6 31-1Q. A roast dinner and pudding & tea on Christmas bay. Phone Joanne on 07982 848 611 to confirm if you plan to attend, as they will need to know numbers for catering (as places are very limited this year). Once you have reserved your place, please contact Dial-a-ride to book your transport.
Perry Rise Baptist Church, Perry Rise, SE23 2QL Traditional turkey and Christmas pudding, with an option of being picked up and dropped home. Free, but not a drop-in. Please phone VSL on 020 8291 1747 as soon asp possible to make arrangements, or else call in at the Voluntary Services Lewisham office, 300 Stanstead Road, SE23 IDE to fill in the form.
Boxing Day

Monday 26 December The Hill Station, Kitto Road, 5E14 5TY

Open from 12noon to about 4pm. Anyone feeling the let-down after Christmas is welcome to come along and bring any leftovers they have to share, or just bring themselves! There will be hot drinks, biscuits, cake and company. (Close to the 343 and 484 bus routes)