Festive cheer and fabulous food at HILS’ annual Christmas bash for over 65s

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service hosted a Christmas party for St Albans’ older residents at our Jubilee Centre on December 18th. The event included carol singing, a raffle, and a visit from Santa, followed by a hot Christmas lunch.

For the 8th year in a row, local residents over the age of 65 and their carers attended a morning of Christmas activities kicking off at 10.30am, followed by a Christmas lunch. Around 60 people attended the event and were joined by the Mayor of St Albans City, Councillor Rosemary Farmer.

During the morning, guests were treated to carol singing by Year 6 students from Maple Primary School, enjoyed over a hot drink and a mince pie. HILS Chief Executive, Sarah Wren MBE, opened the festivities, saying:

“It is wonderful to see so many people here and enjoying themselves. Thank you to everyone for coming and to the pupils of Maple Primary School for their lovely carol-singing – and huge thanks to all our volunteers and staff that have made this event possible. This has been a fantastic year for HILS and it is such an honour to be able to share this year-end celebration with some of our valued clients and their carers.”

Santa also made an appearance with a sack of presents for everyone, all donated by local supermarkets. This was followed by a traditional Christmas lunch of honey roast turkey with all the trimmings and mincemeat apple crumble, complete with Christmas crackers and festive music.

To round off the morning’s excitement, St Albans Mayor Councillor Rosemary Farmer picked out the raffle winners, who received some fantastic prizes, also generously donated by local businesses and volunteers. These included open tickets to any show at the Alban Arena, paintings and calendars produced by a local artist, and a free footcare session with a registered local chiropodist.

We would like to thank everyone who attended and made this such a fun, festive day. We hope to see you again next year!