A chance to celebrate the season

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CHRISTMAS was in the air as 150 care home residents gathered to celebrate with festive food, crackers and carol-singing.

The Orders of St John Care Trust hosted its annual Christmas Carol Service at The King’s Centre in Osney Mead, Oxford, on Wednesday.

The Oxford Times:

Kathleen Kersey

The charity runs 23 care homes in Oxford and around the county.

Residents were treated to a Christmas service by the Rev Mike Beaumont and seasonal songs from the OSJCT choir.

Sharon Wheeler, activities and volunteer manager, said: “Christmas is a very special time of the year for our residents because it brings back fond memories of times past, including past Christmas Carol Services with us.

The Oxford Times:

Sharon Wheeler

“Residents look forward to Christmas time all year long, so not only does our annual event provide residents with a chance to sing carols and celebrate the season with friends from their home, but it’s also a great opportunity for them to get out for the day and socialise with residents from other homes.”

The Oxford Times:

Stirling Care Home, Wantage, activity co-ordinator Elina Hollinrake and Dorothy Leafe                                  

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