CSU festive tea party charms young and old

Christmas came early to Brentwood School when residents from local care homes enjoyed a festive tea party in the convivial surroundings of the Memorial Hall.

The annual event, organised by the School’s Community Service Unit, attracted a record number of visitors including one special guest – 105-year-old Thelma Clarkson whose sons are Old Brentwoods!

Thelma, from the Seven Arches Nursing Home, enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of Christmas festivities including a selection of carols and songs performed by the School’s String Octet, Girls’ Choir and Barbershop.

The afternoon was organised by Sixth Formers, alongside Fourth and Fifth Year students, who were responsible for the decorations, entertainment and serving of food and drinks.

The 45 residents from Shen Place Almshouses, South Weald Almshouses, Seven Arches, The Squirrels, Leonard Lodge, Abbeleigh House and The Marillac, were joined by some 20 staff and family members.

Mr Robert Jenkins, Head of the CSU, said: “The pupils visit local homes on Friday afternoons to chat or play cards with residents and just be a companion. Involvement in the CSU helps them to relate to people of different ages. This tea party is a nice way for the guests to get out and meet other people.”

Second Master, Mr David Taylor, and Director of Music, Mrs Hilary Khoo, led the enthusiastic sing-along ensuring visitors and students kicked off the festive season with harmony and style.

Please click here to view a gallery of photographs taken at the CSU Christmas party