Seasonal celebrations got underway in Croxford Gardens this week (Wednesday, 12 December) as residents got into the festive spirit at a community organised Christmas party.
The event, which took place at St John’s Church Hall, Kidlington, was organised by local residents Emma Foster and Tracy Essery, with support from housing group GreenSquare and children’s charity Spurgeons.
A variety of activities took place throughout the evening, including games for the children, a prize draw, with prizes including tickets for an Oxford United football match and tickets to the pantomime at Oxford Playhouse, and a disco, which was provided for free by local youth group The Forum. Two face painters were also on hand along with a caricature artist, who drew pictures of the residents for them to take home and keep. Talented resident, Ebony Webster, provided additional entertainment by performing a variety of songs.
Over 100 local residents attended the party and Father Christmas even dropped in to spread some festive cheer and hand out presents to the children. Resident Emma Foster, one of the event organisers, commented: “We are delighted that so many people came along to the party - it was so much fun and everyone seemed to have a really great time! Events like this are a fantastic way to bring the community together. There was such a strong sense of community spirit, which helped to make it all the more enjoyable.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all the residents who cooked and prepared food for the Christmas buffet and to all those who leant a helping hand. I would also like to thank GreenSquare and Spurgeons for all their support.”