Almhouses’ Residents Enjoy Christmas Lunch Together

The Henley Municipal Charities Christmas Lunch was another great social event this year with residents and Trustees enjoying a two-course lunch kindly served by Cafe Rouge on Hart Street last week at the Chauntry House.

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.  A few of the houses on Church Avenue have been refurbished this year and new residents have moved in.

Michael Forsdike, Chair of the Municipal Charities said, “This is a lovely thing to do each year.  I think it’s important for the residents as they all seem to come.  The new residents have settled in really well and they are delighted with them.  The refurbishments went to plan but as they are listed buildings there is always something.  Our residents are very to tolerant – there is always ongoing work that is needed to be done.”  Mike thanked Wendy Bowsher, Clerk to the Trustees for all her hard work throughout the year and for organising the lunch.

Jenny who has moved into one of the refurbished houses on Church Avenue said, “It’s lovely to meet everyone who lives around here and my neighbours.  I’ve moved from Gainsborough Hill.  I’ve lived in Henley for 27 years.   The house was refurbished really nicely and the location is great being in town.

Ernest and Jennifer Petty added, “We’ve been in 14 months and it’s our second Christmas lunch.  It’s nice to see our neighbours and to get to know folk.  The food has been really good.”

Stonehouse Property Care made a donation towards the lunch and Berries donated the coffee.

After the lunch Valley Road School choir entertained the guests with some festive songs and carols which they were invited to join to.  Choir teacher, Annabel Blackwell said, “We’re honoured and thrilled to be invited back after being invited by Wendy for the first time last year.”