Nov 28th

Who are you sharing Christmas with?

By Mary B

Who are you sharing Christmas with?

The Diocese of Guildford have compiled this directory of support available over the Christmas period in Surrey and North East Hampshire. Thank you to all those groups who have shared information about how they are helping to support people at this time of year. Christmas is a busy time of year, celebrating and spending time with family and friends. However, we know that this time of year can be difficult for some people. They may be lonely – separated from family and friends, or vulnerable for other reasons. 


Note for Organisers: We have been advised by one lunch organiser that your local Waitrose may be able to  provide support generally for groups who are providing lunch for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. 

Other sources of information is                       tel 0800 0639285  and  which both have a good listing of community events across the UK 

Please share the information provided with those who may be on their own at Christmas and with those who may be looking for volunteering opportunities. If you know of another event, or are needing volunteers please do get in touch with the:

Communities Engagement Team,
Diocese of Guildford,  The Church of England
tel: 01483 790 324    email:  



The Haslemere Pre- Christmas Lunch is being held at Haslewey Community Centre, Weyhill, Haslemere.  A traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings or Nut Roast and dessert.  Tickets £12 and all are welcome, pre-booking is essential 

tel: 01428 648716  email:


Churches Together in Farnham's, Christmas Day Lunch starts at 1.00pm at The Gostrey Centre, East Street, Farnham GU9 7SB. The lunch is for people who live locally and who would otherwise spend Christmas Day on their own.

Booking essential.

To book a place please ring before 9th December;

Mariola Boyd 01252 716785 or Michael McDonnell 01252 712600

Transport provided if required.

There is no charge for lunch or transport.

Volunteer helpers welcome (especially drivers). To volunteer please ring:

Jo Rendall 01252 737162 


Alfold and Loxwood Parish are performing a  Live Nativity at Alfold Sports & Social Club, from 3:30 - 6:00pm on Saturday 16th December

Followed by Carol Singing, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

For further details from Church Office 

tel: 01403 753821 email 


The Baptist Church in Ewhurst following their morning service at 10:30am they will be hosting the Village Christmas Day Lunch,  12.15 for 12.30. 

For more details please contact: Cherry Matthews on 01483 277895 or

The Street, Ewhurst, Surrey,GU6 7QA


Churches Together in Godalming for many years has organised a Christmas Day Lunch at the Baptist Church for people who would otherwise spend the day on their own and it has proved very popular. Transport assistance may be possible for Godalming residents. After lunch there is entertainment and everyone is given a small gift. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles, preparing food and setting tables on Christmas Eve, providing transport on Christmas Day, helping in the kitchen with serving and washing up, hosting on the day, providing entertainment and to clear away afterwards.


Godalming Baptist Church, Queen Street, Godalming, GU7 1BA


Mole Valley

St Nicolas Church, Great Bookham, run a friendship lunch to be held at 12 noon on Sunday 26th November in St Nicolas Church Pastoral Centre (KT23 3PW).  This lunch is a chance for those who would normally eat lunch alone to gather together, and these are held at various points in the year.  There is a £5 per head fee which is payable on the door.

Also they hold a coffee morning every Tuesday 10am-12noon (Tuesday coffee will run until December 19th this side of Christmas and then pick up again in the new year) in the Pastoral Centre which is open to all.

All are welcome, more info from our parish office.

tel: 01372 450709    email: 

Christmas family fun Saturday 2nd December 2pm-4pm Christmas crafts, activities & fun for all ages including a baby play area.  There’ll be a story time with carol singing and a Café serving seasonal treats.  EVERYTHING IS FREE  but all children must be accompanied by an adult responsible for their care.


St. George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2DA

members of St George’s congregation are again opening a place at their Christmas table over the festivities.  They have their café open on 20th, 21st, 22nd December for light lunches tea & coffee’s 

Also are also running Evergreen our Social club for the over 75’s on the 13th December 2.30-4.15

To find out more please contact Jacqui Kershaw (Outreach for the elderly)

01372 813200




St Paul’s East Molesey, Church Road, KT8 9DR are welcoming people to their Christmas lunch for all in the Parish room (next to the church) on Tuesday 5th December at 12:30pm.  The lunch will be preceded by a service of Holy Communion if you wish to attend. The meal of 2 courses followed by tea or coffee costs £5.

Please ring Judy Lanaway to book on 020 8979 0014.


St Andrew’ Cobham warmly invite you to their Christmas Day lunch from 1pm – 4:30pm at church Gate House.  Please reserve your place by contacting the Parish Office: tel: 01932 867883  or


St Christopher’s, Hinchley Wood, are holding a Christmas Lunch Together on Saturday 10th December at 12.30pm – 3pm.  Please ring the parish office on 020 8398 9095 to book a place (there may be a small charge)


St. Mary's Church Long Ditton are holding a Christmas Buffet Lunch (cost £8.00), 12.30pm on Monday 11th December in the community hall adjacent to the church. Children from the local Infant School will be singing carols and there will be a raffle for a Christmas Hamper. Booking is essential through Diana Jemmett.

tel: 020 8398 1184  email:

St. Mary's Church Community Hall, Church Road, Long Ditton, KT6 5HH


Holy Trinity Church, Claygate are hosting several events over the Christmas period, including Connections which is their weekly event for Seniors, running from 10am -11am every Tuesday in the Church.  There is a constantly changing range of activities with everything from mini hand massages to craft activities and games as well as special interest tables put together by local guests. All are welcome for home-made cakes and fresh coffee and there is no charge!

Please contact the church office if you know of anyone who will be on their own this Christmas and wherever possible we would arrange for them to be invited to a church members’ home for Christmas lunch.

Enquiries to Janet Watkins 

Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Claygate KT10 0JP   tel: 01372 463603 



Christmas Day Community Lunch at St John's Church, West Byfleet

Alone on Christmas Day? Come and join us for lunch.

Plan for the day: Welcome drinks from midday, Traditional Christmas lunch served at 1pm, Time for chatting, with optional quizzes & carols, Tea and mince pies, Depart by 4pm

To book your place or for further information, please email or contact the Parish Office on 01932 342263. They hope to be able to help with transport where it is most needed; please contact us them to discuss.


Open every day of the year, the Woking Safe Haven is a cafe-style drop-in centre.

Offering out of hours mental health support to people who may be experiencing or approaching crisis. The informal and friendly venue offers a safe and comfortable space to find help and is open to carers as well. Visitors to the Safe Haven Woking will receive a warm welcome and can talk to professional wellbeing staff, including a Community Psychiatric Nurse who can provide mental health assessments.  There is also the support of others with lived experience of mental health crisis.  The Safe Haven team will ensure your privacy and dignity at all times.  They can support you through your mental health crisis and link you with other services to provide further help.

Seven days a week.  365 days a year.

The Prop, 30 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6JT

Opening times:  Monday - Friday, 6 pm - 11pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 3pm - 8pm


The Moorcroft Day Centre in Woking GU22 9LY, are hosting a free traditional Christmas lunch, for older people who are on their own. Christmas Guest booking is required.  Transport may be possible. No volunteers are needed.

For bookings and further enquiries please contact :   Tel: 01932 403292



FOOTSTEPS drop-in centre is open on Christmas Day in Guildford town centre at Beverley Hall in Haydon Place. Their aim is to help homeless and needy people in and around Guildford. They open for coffee and mince pies from 10.30 am and serve a meal at 12.30pm, closing at 3pm.  There is no need to pre-book.

FOOTSTEPS is run solely with the help of volunteers who all give their time free of charge and do not claim any expenses.  New volunteers and gifts of food and funding are always welcome. Beverley Hall Community Centre, 71 Haydon Place

Guildford, GU1 4ND




St John's Church, Stoke Road, Guildford, GU1 1HB have their monthly Outlook Lunch on Weds 6th Dec, for senior citizens.  There is a hearty lunch & a short service in the church.  It starts at 12.30pm & costs £3.50 per person and lifts may be possible.  For further information please contact Janet Durrant via 

email:   or    tel:  01483 574562



St Nicolas' Church, Guildford  on Friday 29th December are having Coffee & Cake from 10:30am which will be followed by a Festive Feast in their Community Centre, Bury Street, GU2 4AW from 11:30 – 1:30pm. There is a small charge (£7) and booking would be appreciated.  They hold a lunch on this basis, all in aid of USPG, on the last Friday of every month, no booking required. 

Please contact them via email:  or

tel:  01483 564526



Dray Court, Guildford: All Saints church, Guildford will be hosting a 'Christmas Carol Service' on Wednesday 20th December, 2.30 pm, at Dray Court (Sheltered Housing for the Elderly), Guildford GU2 7UW.  Anyone from the local community is welcome to come along, the service will be led by Revd Beverly Watson, Vicar of All Saints Guildford


Emmanuel Church, Stoughton

Have two regular events which will continue over the Christmas period.  A club for retired people every Wednesday from 11am-12.30pm. £1 to cover refreshments etc. You can choose from a variety of activities, like table tennis, crafts, bowls, scrabble pool and triominoes (triangular dominoes) – and even have some armchair exercise! If you’d rather just sit and chat you are welcome to do that too. 

Also a Pensioners’ Lunch - On the second Monday each month (except August) from 12.30-2.30pm they invite those who are retired to come along for a two course lunch for £4.50. You’ll find plenty of people to chat with, good food and a nice relaxing atmosphere to enjoy. Please ring the Parish Office for more details.

tel: 01483 561603


Emmanuel Church, Emmanuel Church,1 Shepherds Lane, Guildford, GU2 9SJ


St Lawrence Church, Effingham regularly conduct activities and these will continue over the festive period.  These will include:

Chatterbox will be on Tuesdays from 10.30am-12pm on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays in St Lawrence & on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at All Saints. Catherine Hall: 453183 for further info. (Last session on 19th December & resumes on 9th January 2018)

Tuesday 28th Nov: Parish Pint (for the chaps): 4th Tuesday monthly at the Sir Douglas Haig, Effingham, 12pm. (No Parish Pint in December). Contact Robert Hall: 453183 or if coming (for catering).

Sunday Breakfast 10th Dec: Monthly on 2nd Sunday in the Bowdler Room, All Saints’ Church, Little Bookham awhiter 8am Communion. Catherine Hall 453183.

Tuesday 21st Nov: Tuesday Tea, alternate Tuesdays, in the Catholic Church Hall, Lower Rd, Effingham. From 2.30pm-4pm. A donation of £1 is all that is required. Contact either Gill or Keith Walker on 457987.  

Thursday 23rd Nov: Christian Meditation Group: Meets fortnightly, 2pm in the Methodist Church, Effingham. Info - Mrs Sylvia Lindsay 457383. 

Thursday 23rd Nov: “Connect” Group for carers & partners living with dementia meets fortnightly at 10am-12pm, St Lawrence Church Hall.

Wednesday 13th Dec: Messy Church, St Lawrence Church Hall 3.30-5.30pm. 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Advent Carols is on Sunday 3rd December at All Saints Church, Little Bookham, 6pm

Christingle Making is on Saturday 9th December at All Saints Church, Little Bookham, 10am

Christingle Service is Sunday 10th December at St Lawrence Church, 3.30pm

Village Carol Service is Sunday 17th December at St Lawrence, 6pm

Effingham Living Nativity is Thursday 21st December at 6pm starting at The Douglas Haig Pub



The Canterbury Care Centre (mental health drop in centre)  are looking forward to welcoming friends old and new over the Christmas period.  No booking required - all welcome

Their Christmas opening is as follows: 

Carol Service at Christ Church, Waterden Road, GU1 2AZ, 1 pm on Monday the 11th December.

The only days they are closed over the Christmas period are Christmas Day, Monday the 25th, New Years day and Monday the 1st January.

The Canterbury Care Centre is in Church House, 23 Waterden Road, Guildford GU1 2AZ.  tel: 01483 577020   email:



St Michael and All Angels Church, Pirbright have a number of events happening over the Christmas period including their Annual Christmas Lunch on Saturday 9th December in the Church Room at 12:30pm Tickets at £12 each are available from Barbara Douglas and Helen Whitworth, also in the church on Sunday mornings. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.



Salvation Army Will have their normal drop in on Friday 22nd December but not at any other time. They will be closed, apart from this Friday, over the Christmas period. 

Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4QQ 


tel: 01483 506763  or  01483 575 128 



Vaughan House in Guildford often have a Christmas meal when they could use some volunteers to help with serving lunch and doing games with residents.

Vaughan House, Supported Housing, 5-7 Chertsey Street, Guildford, GU1 4HD

tel: 01483 504704   email:


Christmas at the North Guildford Food Bank

As Christmas Day falls on a Monday there will be no alteration to our normal opening days and times at any of our branches thoroughout the festive season.  From Wednesday 6th Dec all branches will be offering clients a fresh chicken, potatoes, carrots and parsnips for them to make a Christmas meal plus of course mince pies, Christmas puddings and cake. We shall also have a selection of toys and Christmas decorations available.  



On Christmas Day between 10am and 12pm, Bills Restaurant will be opening for free coffee and cake for people over 60.  Transport may be possible but needs to be discussed with them.  Tel: 01483 455187

1 Angel Gate, Guildford Town Centre, GU1 4AE


St Michael and All Angels Church, Pirbright have a number of events happening over the Christmas period:

6th Dec. 10.15am Holy Communion service followed by Café Club. 

9th Dec. Christmas lunch - to book a place contact Barbara Douglas, rbdouguk@aol.  com (places are limited) 

9th Dec. 4pm - Remembering Loved Ones at Christmas service, followed by tea. 

10th Dec. 3pm – Christingle service, followed by village children’s Christmas party provided free of charge by the Church.

13th Dec. 6.30pm Carol singing around the village, raising money for Crisis, everyone welcome, mulled wine & mince pies at The Vicarage afterwards.

15th Dec. 2.15pm - Carol service for elderly residents, followed by tea.

16th Dec. 3.30-5.30pm – Messy Church everyone welcome.  

16th Dec. - delivering Christmas goodies to local people in need. 

If anyone would like transport to any Christmas services or events, or would like more information please contact one of their churchwardens Catherine Cobley 01483 481234 or Pauline Cannon 01252 326534


Epsom & Ewell

Churches together in Ewell are hosting a Christmas Day lunch at 

Stoneleigh Baptist Church.  

'Together at Christmas' will run from 12.30 – 4.15pm for local residents who might otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day. There is no charge for this lunch, If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact them at or tel:)   020 8397 7307 or 0208 393 3011 

This event is Kindly supported by Ewell Rotary Club


Epsom Methodist Church will be hosting Christmas Day Lunch which is via invitation only to those in the borough (and couples) who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day).  They rely on local business support for donations of food etc but otherwise the Church fund this event.  Transport may be possible, depending on needs but only within the borough of Epsom. We have a limited number of drivers so transport cannot always be guaranteed but they’ll do their level best.

Lunch is from 12.30  until 4.00 p.m. With a little light entertainment in the afternoon and possibly a visit from Father Christmas!

To book a place please contact Tony Blakeburn

Epsom Methodist church tel: 01372 728535 


Reigate and Banstead


Alone at Christmas?  Banstead Methodist Church together with The United Church of St Mark (Tattenham Corner) will be hosting a Christmas Day lunch for anyone who finds themselves alone. Our day begins in the morning, when our guests are picked up from your home and transported to Banstead Methodist Church for the Christmas Day service. Afterwards there is some light entertainment before enjoying an excellent Christmas lunch when there is an opportunity to chat to the many other people. After watching the Queen’s speech, we will transport them home with a packed tea and present. There will be no charge.

Contacts: Janet Willock, The United Church of St. Mark, St Marks Road,                  Tel (01737) 353138 or Sara Watkins, Banstead Methodist Church, The Drive,         Tel (01737) 359056


Hartley Witney


Victoria Hall, Hartley Witney RG27 8RE is hosting a  Traditional Christmas lunch for all ages in the Community hall.  To find out more or to book a place please call the number below.  Please note the Closing date 18 December 2016

For more information please contact:

Chris Cornwell    tel: 01252 843251    email:



Churches Together in Fleet, supported by Fleet Town Council, are organising a lunch for 40 people from Fleet or Church Crookham on Christmas Day for those who are lonely and would otherwise be spending Christmas alone. The lunch will be held at The Harlington. If you would like to attend/know someone who would benefit from attending, then please contact: Charlotte Benham (Fleet Town Council) tel: 01252 625246



East Hampshire


Petersfield Area Churches Together  are again hosting a Christmas Day Lunch will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at the Petersfield Community Centre, Love Lane. GU32 3EB.  Transport to and from the Community Centre may be possible 

Guest booking is required and Volunteers are needed

For further information, please call Katie Wigley   tel: 01730 260213 




Egham St John's Church "The St John's Christmas Kitchen will again be open this year at the new Easter Centre, Manor Farm Lane, Egham (located behind the Church) They will be open from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday 20th December with hot drinks and a hot meal  being served. They will also be open for a traditional Christmas lunch on Christmas Day between 12 noon and 3pm and can arrange a lift for guests who wish to join them and who rely on public transport. May this ministry continue to show God's love to our community

Please contact Lesley Pocock if you wish to join them for lunch on Christmas Day.mob 07833307629  email:


Addlestone – The Salvation Army will be hosting their annual Christmas day meal.  Coffee, a Service, Lunch and Entertainment will be provided and the event is free to attend.  Please contact Penny for more information and timings , transport may be possible.  tel:01932 829678.




On Christmas Day St Peter’s Church, Farnborough will be holding a traditional Christmas lunch for anyone who would otherwise be on their own at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre.  Transport can be provided if needed and there is no charge.  

To book a place contact Elizabeth Lowden on 01252 543081.


St John's Church, Cove are having a Christmas lunch at St John's Hall for those who would otherwise be on their own.  The lunch will be served at 1.30 on Christmas Day but people are welcome to meet at 12.00pm. For further information or to book a place please contact Sally Brett on 07555 691218.



The Vine Centre, Aldershot is a Christian charity for homeless and vulnerable people.  They welcome visits so do get in touch.

Wednesday 20th December - 11am to 3pm - Christmas Dinner - all ages

Thursday 21st December - 11am to 3pm - Christmas Buffet - over 55's 

Friday 22nd December - 10am to 11.30am - Christmas brunch - all ages

Thursday 28th December - 11am to 3.00pm - Christmas Dinner - over 55's

The Vine Centre is a charity serving the community.

Further enquiries: Client Services Team - 01252 400196


Nov 22nd

The Obituary of Common Sense...

By Jackie H

You maybe already familiar with this but if not, this represents a view often taken by British people when looking at the society that they have helped create. It may also apply in other countries. Let us know.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since
his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

  • Knowing when to come in out of the rain
  • Why the early bird gets the worm
  • Life isn't always fair
  • and maybe it was my fault

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers:

  1. I Know My Rights
  2. I Want It Now
  3. Someone Else Is To Blame
  4. I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone...


Author Unknown...

Nov 22nd

The Important things in life....

By Jackie H

As we grow older, and hence wiser, we slowly realize that:

Whether we wear a $300 or $30 watch – – – they both tell the same time.

 Whether we carry a $300 or $30 wallet/handbag – – – the amount of money inside is the same.

Whether we drink a bottle of $300 or $30 or $3 wine – – – the hangover is the same.

 Whether the house we live in is 300 or 3,000 or 30,000 sq. ft. – – – the loneliness is the same.

And we realize our true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.

Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down – – – we go down with it. Whether we fly first or economy class, if the plane reaches its destination – – -everyone arrives at the same time.

Therefore . . . we should realize that when we have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, with whom we can chat, laugh, talk, sing, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth — that is true happiness!

Six Undeniable Facts of Life

1. Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.

2. Best wise words: “Eat your food as your medicines. Otherwise you have to eat medicines as your food.”

3. The one who loves you will never leave you because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find one reason to hold on.

4. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few folks really understand that.

5. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!

6. If you just want to walk fast, walk alone; but, if you want to walk far, walk together!

 Six Best Doctors in the World

1. Sunlight

2. Rest

3. Exercise

4. Diet

5. Self Confidence

6. Friends

 And, finally: The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts...

Author Unknown...

Nov 6th

Stay Well this Winter

By Mary B

We’re here to help you stay well this winter

Some important information from the NHS to help you stay well this winter


Stay well this winter


Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term conditions such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, diabetes or heart or kidney disease. 

Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to respiratory winter illnesses. But there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

Feeling unwell? Don’t wait – get advice from your nearest pharmacist

At the first sign of a winter illness, even if it’s just a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist, before it gets more serious. Act quickly. 

The sooner you get advice from a pharmacist the better. Pharmacists are fully qualified to advise you on the best course of action. 

This can be the best and quickest way to help you recover and get back to normal.

If you can’t get to a pharmacist yourself, ask someone to go for you or call your local pharmacy.

Make sure you get your flu jab

The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly. That’s why the flu jab is free if you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition. 

If you have young children or grandchildren they may also be eligible for a free flu vaccination. And if you are the main carer of an older or disabled person you may also be eligible for the free flu jab. Just speak to your GP or pharmacist.

You can also find more information at 

Also, don’t forget that if you’re aged 65 or over, you are eligible for the pneumococcal vaccine, which will help protect you from pneumococcal diseases such as pneumonia. 

Ask your GP.


Keep warm 


It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.


Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F). 

You might prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer. 

Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights. Breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections. 

Keep active when you’re indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so.

Wear several layers of light clothes. Several layers trap warm air better than one bulky layer.

Make sure you’re receiving all the help that you’re entitled to. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and keep up with your energy bills at

And check your heating and cooking appliances are safe. Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure they’re operating properly. 



Check your medicine cabinet


Ask your pharmacist what medicines should be in your cabinet to help get you and your family through the winter season. 

Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve symptoms of common winter ailments, such as colds, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache).

So talk to your pharmacist for advice on getting the relief you need. 

To manage winter illness symptoms at home:

• Rest• Drink plenty of fluids• Have at least one hot meal a day to keep your energy levels up• Use over-the-counter medications to help give relief. 




Make sure you get your prescription medicines before your pharmacy or 

GP practice closes for Christmas. You can also order your repeat prescriptions online. To sign up to GP online services ask at your practice or to find out more 

visit, if you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or any other medication, make sure you take them as directed.


Look out for other people 


Remember that other people, such as older neighbours, friends and family members, may need a bit of extra help over the winter. There’s a lot you can do to help people who are more frail than you.

Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery and cold weather can stop people from getting out and about. Keep in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or if they’re feeling under the weather.

Make sure they’re stocked up with enough food supplies for a few days, in case they can’t go out. If they do need to go out in the cold, encourage them to wear shoes with a good grip and a scarf around the mouth to protect them from the cold air, and to reduce their risk of chest infections.

And make sure they get any prescription medicines before the Christmas holidays start and if bad weather is forecast.

If they need help over the holiday period when the GP practice or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 and speak to a call adviser who will be able to direct you to a local service that is open. You can also find information at 


Five things we recommend you do:

Make sure you get your flu jab.

Keep your home at 18°C (65°F) or higher if you can.

Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating.

Visit your local pharmacist as soon as you start to feel unwell with the symptoms of a respiratory winter illness.

Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over the winter.


Where to go for the right medical care

For more information and advice visit


For life threatening emergencies

If you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 for clinical advice, assessment and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment.

For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist. You can also access NHS advice at 


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