Roasted Chestnuts, mulled wine, mince pies and a touch of Charles Dickens 'Christmas Carol', this years residents Christmas party was Dickensian themed.

On Tuesday 8th December, over 150 residents and employees attended the Dickensian themed Annual Christmas Party.

On arrival, residents and employees were welcomed by the lovely smell of roasted chestnuts, warm mulled wine and a mince pie to warm up from the wet and windy weather they had just come from.

It was great to see that so many homes had got involved with this years’ theme and costumes ranged from Chimney Sweeps, Maids and Top hats to fun Christmas jumpers, elves and lots of tinsel.

Father Phil (Our Lady’s Catholic Church, Abingdon) gave a lovely Christmas Service to start the festivities and was followed by the Abingdon Ladies Choir who sang some traditional carols which were well received by our residents who merrily joined in.

Lunch consisted of a turkey roast roll with stuffing and cranberry, along with some warm soup, which everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

The festivities rounded off with a Christmas Quiz and a small box of chocolates for each resident as they left.

This years’ regional Christmas Competition had three categories:

  • Around the World Christmas Dessert
  • Best decorated entrance (homes)
  • Most unique and well-designed front door wreath

The desserts were judged at the party and we were very grateful to have the Mayor of Abingdon (Cllr Helen Pigwells) join us who helped judge the desserts along with Nigel Reed (Ex OSJCT CEO) and Jenny Clark (HR Manager).

Winners of all three competitions were announced by Dan Hayes (Acting Chief Executive) and results are below:

  • Around the World Christmas Dessert: Meadowcroft
  • Best Decorated Home: Meadowcroft
  • Best front door wreath: Marston Court

All homes put in a huge effort for all three competitions and it was very difficult to judge an overall winner. A huge thank you to all those who were involved with the competitions and for all of your hard work in making your homes look so warm and welcoming.

It was lovely to have so many people attend the event and the atmosphere was very enjoyable.

Merry Christmas Everyone and in the words of Tiny Tim (Christmas Carol), "God bless us, every one".