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On Sunday 30 November the School held a Christmas lunch for local community groups. The lunch was hosted by St John’s pupils in the Dining Hall and over 40 volunteers wearing Santa hats took part in the event.
Good cheer and Christmas spirit were in abundance at the lunch. Groups were invited to attend from the British Legion, QEFD, Contact the Elderly, The Beeches, Fairfield Centre and Ashtead Good Neighbours, among others, to enjoy an afternoon of festive fun and frivolity.
Guests at the lunch were treated to a traditional and delicious turkey dinner and were given Christmas tree decorations and gingerbread as take-home gifts.
Harry Lonsdale (Upper Sixth, Montgomery House) and Becca Barnes (Upper Sixth, Haslewood House) masterminded the event, during which the School’s choir sang Christmas carols and Maddy Rees (Lower Fifth, Haslewood House) performed a beautiful rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine. Harry said, “It was lovely to see so many smiles on so many faces”. Guests were extremely impressed and many commented on the calibre of the beautiful recitals.
Phyllis Winslade, who attended the lunch with Fairfield Centre, wrote a lovely note of thanks to the pupils, in which she detailed, “My friends and I want to thank you for our lovely Christmas lunch and music last Sunday. We enjoyed it so much and the hosting of the pupils was delightful. The high standard of music was impressive and much appreciated. From my friends and myself, thank you.”
Joan Young said from Contact the Elderly, “St John’s pupils are a credit to the School. It is good to see the true side of a much maligned younger generation in evidence.”
Another guest commented, “This event has made my year and I am so grateful for all you have done”.
The Christmas lunch is testament to the generous nature of St John’s pupils and their enjoyment of helping those in the local community.
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