A Christmas Day dinner that served over 80 meals and warmed at least that many hearts in 2016 will be back again this year in Ammanford.

Ammanford Evangelical Church will continue a tradition which begun over 20 years ago when it hosts it’s annual Christmas Day dinner at Ammanford Pensioners Hall from 1pm until 3pm on December 25.

The dinner will consist of a three-course meal and a present for those who attend.

Pastor of the church Sammy Davies said: “The idea of our Christmas Day dinner is to make sure no one is alone at Christmas.

“Some people come down because they live on their own, but some residents join us because of the community spirit.

“Sometimes it’s easy to feel alone during the festive period, but we want to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas.”

The church celebrated it’s 40th anniversary this year and marked the occasion with a family fun day party in the summer.

There was also a special service held with old ministers.

The church has £4,000 for 10 different organisations in the community which is currently being disrupted.

“We chose the specific organisations because they serve the community immensely and we often meet in their halls,” added Sammy.

“I also want to stress the fact that the Christmas Day dinner is not only for members of the church.

“We have people turning up with their families, people who can’t afford much and we just want to extend our celebration.

“The invite is open to all ages.

“It is important that people let us know if they are coming so we can sort the catering.”

Anyone interested in joining the Christmas Day dinner are urged to call 01269 596426 to make a reservation.

Residents that are unable to get transport to the event are asked to contact the number above to find out details about a free lift offered by members of the church.