The Henley Municipal Charities Christmas Lunch was another great social event this year with over 30 residents and Trustees enjoying a two-course lunch kindly provided by Cafe Rouge on Hart Street this year.
The charity owns 25 one and two bedroom homes that are available to rent to those who have limited means and savings and are unable to afford to buy or rent a home on the open market, in return for a modest maintenance contribution.
Peter Bonar who recently moved to one of the newly refurbished homes in Church Avenue said, “I’ve lived in the area for about six and half years and it is a huge privilege and I’m absolutely very grateful to live in one of the charity’s homes. The refurbishment is excellent. The lunch today has been really good too and it is very generous of the charity to organise this.”
After the lunch Tom Tapper, Head Barista helped serve the coffee that his employer, Berries Coffee had provided and the guests enjoyed entertainment by Valley Road School Choir who sang a mixture of festive songs including Jingle Bells and Christmas carols (Silent Night and We Three Kings) which the guests were invited to join in.
Clerk to the HMC Trustees, Wendy Bowsher said, “Our grateful thanks go to everyone who gave their time, services or gifts to make the Almshouse Residents luncheon a most enjoyable occasion. At this time of year we are especially reminded of the importance of giving and the reward received in seeing smiles on faces whether by the donor or recipient. The support of the Trustees and the Community alike continues to be heartwarming and seeing the pleasure it brings to the residents makes it even more special.”