Dylan gives a present to the community on his birthday

Dylan Roberts was never going to have a usual ninth birthday thanks to lockdown.

Craig Roberts Butcher and his son Dylan with husband and wife team Ted and Anne Johnston.
Craig Roberts Butcher and his son Dylan with husband and wife team Ted and Anne Johnston.

So he was more than happy to spend part of the day helping his local community.

He joined his father, butcher, Craig Roberts, in delivering a donation of meat to the Ceiriog Valley Lockdown Lunch scheme.

The scheme sees volunteers cook and delivery 90 hot meal to elderly, vulnerable or self isolating people in the area.

This week the Ceiriog Valley Lockdown Lunch team received a welcome donation from Family Butcher Craig Roberts of Cefn Mawr who delivers meat to customers in the Chirk area.

Local councillor, Trevor Bate, said: "The Lunch scheme which started in May involves the preparation, cooking and delivery of 90 meals throughout the Ceiriog Valley to elderly, vulnerable or those self isolating.

"The Scheme based at the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall kitchen started off with two grants of £1000 and £2500 and then local Community Council support before the group started charging £2.50 a meal in October.

"Husband and wife team Ted and Anne Johnston source ingredients and cook the meals and there is a small army of approximately 25 volunteers who help prepare vegetables on a Thursday and then dish up and distribute meals from 12 noon on a Friday."

He said that the Group was anxious to keep the meal price to £2.50 but the costs of food have risen so it was looking for ways of either fundraising or having ingredients donated.

The meals usually rotate from beef to chicken, pork, cottage pie and bangers and mash, all served hot with gravy and two vegetables.

Mr Roberts heard about the ;unch scheme from one of his customers and asked if he could help.

He and Dylan arrived on Dylan's birthday at the Oliver Jones Memorial Hall kitchen with 12 kilogrammes of best beef mince for the next time cottage pie is on the menu.

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