It is easy to think of Spain in December as a sunny and tranquil spot. But on Saturday 17th December the congregation of Albir church on the Costa Blanca found themselves struggling in severe winter storms as they drove to the Franciscan Hospice in Gandia where Hazel and friends had prepared a meal for the 60 residents and the staff. The remaining preparation and cooking was done in their kitchen.    

Geoff and Elaine Mitchell say “We then served the three courses to their tables - we had a terrific team. After everyone had eaten Christmas gift bags were handed out to EVERYONE. Our Church had been collecting items throughout the year then with other donations every man received a lovely bag full of important items.

“The storms continued, roads were closed, bridges were impassable BUT we had a wonderful pre Carol service meal at M Godoy in Albir where there were 32 members and friends. In spite of the continuing downpour the Carol Service at 4pm was attended by 43 people and was a truly joyous occasion followed by coffee and a time for fellowship.”

All in all, a touch of a Good King Wenceslas deed accomplished despite the unseasonal Spanish deep midwinter! Albir is one of eight congregations in the Costa Blanca Chaplaincy, stretching along the Mediterranean coast from Gandia to El Campello.