31st Jan 2017

Shipston community hosts the best Christmas party in town

Shipston Christmas lunchOver sixty residents took part in one big party on Christmas Day thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of three young ladies.

Tessa Hince, Hayley Ash and Danni Mooney (pictured right, with Santa) collectively decided that no one in Shipston should have to spend Christmas on their own if they would prefer company. They set about inviting people to the Townsend Hall and the Shipston Community Christmas Lunch was born. The intention was to create a special Christmas day for people to enjoy together, all of which was funded through donations of money, food or other services.

“The support from the local community was overwhelming which meant we were able to create a truly memorable day for everyone who took part,” said Tessa.

The Townsend Hall was transformed into a Christmas wonderland, with stunning decorations and a delightful ‘fireplace’ and cosy seating area. The food was worthy of any royal banquet and there was plenty to go around. Those attending were full of praise for the event and it’s clear that a good time was had by all.

Town Mayor, Ronnie Murphy, said: “I was fortunate enough to join the Community Christmas Lunch in the morning with Shipston Town Band. I was amazed by what Tessa, Danni and Hayley had achieved with help from their team of volunteers. This event showed Shipston’s community spirit in abundance, which is something we should all feel very proud of.”

Tessa, Hayley and Danni are keen to say a big thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who helped make the event possible. 


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