Over 70s Christmas Party a great success
The Mayor of Abingdon-on-Thames, Cllr Alice Badcock, welcomed one hundred Over 70s to her annual Christmas Party. This took place at the Oxford Abingdon Hotel on the afternoon of Monday 19th December 2016. The party, traditionally hosted by the Mayor each year and supported by councillors, was made possible by the combined efforts of the Council and the generous business community.
Volunteers from the Nationwide Building Society worked hard during the afternoon in a variety of roles and organised the party games which were enjoyed by all. David Venn of the Nationwide Building Society said: “it was fantastic to see so many people from the local community coming together enjoying themselves. The fun games including the bingo and pass the parcel were a real highlight for me.”
There was a performance by the Abingdon Community Choir who then led the guests in communal singing of seasonal favourites. The afternoon was then wrapped up with an appearance by Father Christmas who, helped by representatives of the Northcourt Road Co-Operative Store, handed out gift bags to all the guests, these having been generously provided by the Co-Op itself. Store Manager Mike Lucas said: “ We were delighted to support this long-standing community event and make our contribution to its success.”
Cllr Alice Badcock stated, “The guests had an absolutely wonderful afternoon and this was made possible by the generosity of our partners in the business community in providing the venue, the food, the volunteers and the party bags and I would like to thank the Abingdon Community Choir, Nationwide Building Society, Northcourt Road Co-Operative Store and Oxford Abingdon Hotel for making this event a great success.”
The Manager of the Oxford Abingdon Hotel, Andy Gelleburn, said, “We are always happy to support the Mayor in hosting community events and we are pleased that the event was enjoyed by all those who attended.”