Christmas thanks to estate children

Grange Park youngsters enjoy a slap up Christmas dinner at the Cherwell Centre as a thank you for their efforts. Pictured overseeing the fun are organisers Maureen Horn and Jo Parker, with chef Chris Sutton.
Grange Park youngsters enjoy a slap up Christmas dinner at the Cherwell Centre as a thank you for their efforts. Pictured overseeing the fun are organisers Maureen Horn and Jo Parker, with chef Chris Sutton.
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Youngsters were rewarded for their hard work during the year with a Christmas party which included a visit from Santa Claus.

Children who attend the youth club at the Cherwell Centre on Grange Park were recognised for their dedication in helping with initiatives such as litter picking and organising community activities.

Around 45 children aged between five and 16 tucked into a three-course Christmas dinner.

Organiser Maureen Horn said: “The children come here for a youth club three times a week and this party is a thank-you for the work they do in the community, such as litter picking.

“This year we decided to do a sit down meal – a proper Christmas dinner with melon and then a roast dinner.

“We try to instill healthy eating so we’ve got fruit salad and ice cream for dessert. And then it’ll be party time.

“They are such great kids, we want to do something to say a big thank-you.”

Molly Swarbrick, 12, was rewarded for her work which includes helping run the tuck shop.

She said: “I come to activities here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and it’s really good fun. Every time I do two hours here it goes towards my volunteering work.

“I didn’t expect to get anything but it is nice to get a thank-you.”

Terri Brookes, 17, who is a junior leader at the club, said: “I help look after the younger ones and we play games like pool and football.

“It’s like one big family.”

Connor Dodds, 11, added: “We had a great party and everyone really enjoyed the Christmas dinner.”

Robert Wright, who runs the Cherwell Centre’s tuck shop, secured funding for the party from his brother, Walter Wright, a Sheffield businessman.

Mere Housing also donated some selection boxes to be distributed to the children.