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.