There probably aren’t many people who take an entire school for a Christmas lunch but that is what budding cooks and helpers among the parents at Kirkby on Bain primary school do each year.

Not only that, but this tradition has been going on for thirty years, from small beginnings to now serving over 150 meals to the children, staff and governors. Not surprisingly this is now an event set firmly in the calendar and very much looked forward to.

Paul Brewster, who wears many hats, including Chair of Governors for the school and Parish returns officer in the Woodhall Spa and Kirkstead Parish and church warden for those two parishes plus Langton, somehow manages to weave into his day being one of the cooks at the lunch, alongside wife Joanne.

 A full roast dinner is served up with roast chicken, sausage, stuffing, roast potatoes and vegetables followed by an ice cream pudding all prepared on site at Coningsby Community Hall.

 By way of thanks the children, assisted by some staff from the school, provide some seasonal musical entertainment. After lunch it’s back to school for the children with a variety of treats for them to enjoy.

 Paul said: “This is such a special event and is something everyone looks forward to. Joanne and I have been involved with the lunch for 15 years since our children started attending the school and we have been promoted to cook for the last three so we can’t be that bad!

 “Our inspiration for the lunch is just one of connectedness really. We just wanted all the children to be able to sit down at a table and enjoy a full Christmas dinner together. My thanks to all the parents and helpers who help making it such a success. The children all seem to enjoy it and we are already planning for Christmas 2019!