Thank you to everyone that supported the village fete, and to all the hard working committee. Thank you for the donation towards the senior citizens Christmas party :-)
Thank you to everyone that supported us at Thame Carnival, and big thanks to Angie, Susie & Roger for helping to run the stall
Oxford Mail - December 2015. Roger Young, who works at Asda in Wheatley, collects fish & chips served by Jamie Bachman, of Howe & Co
About 60 older people from around Tetsworth, many of whom live by themselves, were invited to a free annual Christmas lunch with a difference.
The tiny village has no fish and chip shop and has not had a van pass through for 20 years, but the tradition was revived this year and residents tucked into a nostalgic feast in good company, organised by local man Paul Silver.
Wheatley Asda workers Roger and Angie Young helped secure funds and keep wine glasses topped up on the day.
Mrs Young said: “We did this last year on a Friday to commemorate the First World War and it went down so well we decided to do it again.
“The fish and chip van was run into the hall and every senior citizen in Tetsworth was invited – it didn’t cost them a penny. Something like this means that they can all come together, see their old friends again and make new ones. And they’re not alone.”
The Rev Peter Waterson, who runs six churches in nearby villages, also attended and listened to carol performances by Tetsworth Primary School.
He said: “We have a lot of people in who are on their own, who we make sure get visits. It’s something we encourage throughout the year, not just at Christmas.
“But the trouble is that the ones who really need help are difficult to find out about, even in small villages. Some people ‘bring their isolation with them’ and are afraid to ask for too much, so if we wait for them it doesn’t happen.
A delighted Paul received a cheque for £250 local impact grant to top up the budget for the fish and chip Christmas lunch for the senior citizens of Tetsworth.
Now it can go ahead I'll post photos of the event on the day.
A big thank you from Paul and all the seniors to the Asda Foundation.
When a local village (Tetsworth) asked for a bit of help with their village fete, I was so disappointed that I was going to be away on holiday and wouldn't be able to help.
I needn't have worried, as Janet and Jaki, two of our lovely checkout ladies, volunteered to go in my place. They helped with the BBQ and took photos but didn't want to be in front of the camera!!
A BIG thank you to Janet & Jaki
Helping with fundraising events in a local village is always a favourite part of my job, and this time it was helping with the food at a quiz night in Tetsworth who are raising funds so that they can give all the senior villagers a dinner at Christmas time.