Saturday, 23 September 2017

Nettlebed Christmas lunch

Nettlebed Christmas lunch

dozens of pensioners attended a free Christmas lunch at Nettlebed Village Cub. Guests at the annual event, which is open to all villagers of retirement age, enjoyed home-made vegetable soup with bread rolls, apple crumble with custard, mince pies, cheese and biscuits and a hot drink. They were entertained by pupils from Nettlebed Community School, who performed carols and modern songs and invited them to sing along. The venue was decorated with tinsel, snowmen and miniature Father Christmas figures and people wore paper crowns, Santa hats and false antlers. As they left, each guests was given a gift bag containing baked goods donated by Warburton’s and festive treats such as biscuits, chocolates or wine. The lunch was organised by villager Claire Harwood and a team of volunteers and was supported by the Henley branch of Tesco, whose community champion Ali Simmons helped out on the day, and Waitrose in Henley. Mrs Harwood said: “It went really well. Everyone’s had a great time and enjoyed a nice drink. Some of them don’t see each other a great deal throughout the year so it’s an opportunity to catch up.” Pictured, clockwise from top left, helpers and organisers including Claire Harwood (centre) and Ali Simmons (front row, third from right); Pat Simmons, Sylvia Sparrowhawk and Pat Sparrowhawk; Barbara Lewis, Anne Leigh, Barbara Offwood, Peter Leigh, Nan McDonnell and Malcolm Lewis; Eddie Mason raises a glass

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