Chipping Norton primary school pupils share magic of Christmas with residents of retirement community

Chipping Norton primary school pupils bring the spirit of Christmas to residents at a local retirement development.

By Matt Elofson
Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 8:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th December 2020, 8:19 pm
A box full of Christmas cards handmade by pupils at St Mary's Primary brought joy to homeowners at the McCarthy and Stone’s Watson Place Retirement Living Plus development in Chipping Norton.
A box full of Christmas cards handmade by pupils at St Mary's Primary brought joy to homeowners at the McCarthy and Stone’s Watson Place Retirement Living Plus development in Chipping Norton.

A box full of Christmas cards handmade by the Beech Class at St Mary's Primary brought joy to homeowners at the McCarthy and Stone’s Watson Place Retirement Living Plus development on Trinity Road in Chipping Norton.

Samantha Watkins, deputy divisional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone, said: “This year it was important for us to get creative and find new ways of bringing the community together, despite the challenges we’re all facing. The pupils at St Mary’s Primary School have gone above and beyond to produce some incredible Christmas cards, which have truly brought some yuletide comfort and joy to homeowners at Watson Place.

“Engagement with the communities in which we build is a key focus at McCarthy and Stone, never more so than throughout 2020 when we all might be feeling a little more isolated than before. We pride ourselves on creating a close-knit and supportive community, so we will continue to focus on innovative ways to forge these important connections until we can once again welcome everyone in person.”

The homeowners at Watson Place were thrilled to receive their cards, and as a thank-you sent a little festive tasty treat to each of the children.

Mrs Yvonne Stallwood-Barnes, head teacher at St Mary’s Primary School, added: “All of our pupils really enjoyed making and writing their cards. It was certainly a great way to get us all into the Christmas spirit and help to foster relationships between the generations.

"We’d like to thank all of the homeowners at Watson Place for sending their kind treats for the children. The delivery was a wonderful surprise for the children and they were absolutely thrilled that the homeowners enjoyed their cards.”