Close to 100 residents and carers from local care homes gathered in Brentwood School’s Memorial Hall on Wednesday afternoon for the annual Christmas Party hosted by the School’s Community Service Unit.
Traditional Christmas carols were sung by the School choir, conducted by former Second Master Mr David Taylor, and several young choristers helped to put a smile on the elderly guests’ faces with beautiful solos. 1st Year Owen Romhany sang the first verse to ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ and Head of School Mary Hirst provided the introduction to ‘Away in a Manger’.
Regular attendee, Mr John Samuel, said he had started his festivities early with a party in his community on Monday already, but was looking forward to celebrating at the School again.
Members of the School’s Community Service Unit, who had decorated the Memorial Hall with a bright array of festive adornments, served wine, sherry, mince pies, sausage rolls and Christmas cake, and weaved among the tables to chat to the residents, many of whom they know from their regular visits to local care homes on Friday afternoons.
Upper Sixth Formers, Alex Lee and Harry John have been involved with the event for the last five years, and said they will both miss it when they go off to university next year. Alex even said he was hoping that Religion & Philosophy teacher Mr Jenkins, who runs the CSU on behalf of the School, would invite him back to help out again. Alex is hoping to study Medicine at the University of Bristol.
Headmaster Ian Davies, who was also in attendance, commented, “It’s a great pleasure to be able to host so many local care home residents and their super carers. Our students continue to be committed to community service in the local area and they always enjoy giving their time generously."