Hotel du Vin Serve Almhouse Residents’ Christmas Lunch

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The trustees of Henley Municipal Charities entertained the residents of the town’s Almshouses with their annual Christmas lunch at the Chantry House yesterday. There are 25 Almshouses in Henley in Church Lane, Western Close and Vicarage Road and all the residents are invited to the Christmas lunch.

The meal of roast turkey with all the trimmings followed by Christmas pudding was provided by Hotel du Vin in New Street.  The lunch has evolved after Hotel du Vin first opened and it was a bad winter, they served up a soup lunch to the Almshouses in Church Lane next door.

Mike Forsdike, Chair of Trustees said, “The charity is not about just providing properties, we want to try and look after the residents’ well-being too and encourage them to meet up socially.  The trustees would like to thank Hotel du Vin for their great generosity again this year.”

Bob and Gerry Radley who live in Vicarage Road said, “The meal was excellent as always and we look forward to it each year.”

Jean Pickett, the Charities Administrator said, “The Almshouse charity is the largest of our five charities and it provides small unique properties to residents who need financial help with housing. This Christmas meal may be the only Christmas meal they have. It’s great that we can offer this to them.  The Trustees donate money for their lunch and it is given to Hotel du Vin’s chosen charity which this year is the Chiltern Centre for the Disabled.”

After the meal, children from Years 5 and 6 from Trinity School entertained the trustees and residents with some traditional carols and Christmas songs including ‘Give Your Granny a Kiss for Christmas” which they loved.

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