A festive feast was brewing in Churchill Gardens estate on 18 December. Residents aged 60 years and over were invited to step out of their homes and meet their neighbours over free Christmas lunch, entertainment and plenty of dancing to Christmas classics.
Nearly 100 residents sat down to lunch with all the trimmings. CityWest Homes Residential, an award winning lettings agency, picked up the tab, with members of their team serving the food and drink with the other volunteers from CityWest Homes. The focus of the event was to bring neighbours together and feel part of a valued, diverse and vibrant community.
After the meal, there was plenty of rocking around the Christmas tree as an entertainer sang classic Christmas tunes. A raffle was also a highlight, providing lucky winners with festive hampers.
There was a double celebration in store as local resident, John Wall, celebrated his 88th birthday at the event. Having been cheered by his neighbours, John said: “It’s been a wonderful night. I always come to these events as I’ve lived on the estate with my wife Jo for over 40 years. I’ve loved spending my birthday here with all my neighbours.”
Randall Bevis, head of home ownership, CityWest Homes Residential, said: “This is the first event we’ve sponsored and we’ll certainly do more. All our profits go straight back into the community, which is why we were able to host this event. We’re thrilled this has been such a success and hope we can spread a little Christmas joy in the area.”
Mike Wilson, neighbourhood project coordinator, CityWest Homes, organised the event. He added: “It’s been hugely rewarding to see everyone having such a lovely time. There’s a real sense of community here. Some of the residents have been friends for years, while others were welcome new faces. Throughout the afternoon, everyone was chatting and having fun. Thank you to CityWest Homes Residential for sponsoring the event, and thank you to all the volunteers on the day, you did a fantastic job.”