THERE was plenty of Christmas spirit at Catshill Village Hall which hosted the annual festive party on Friday.
This year’s celebration was a remarkable collaboration between two local charities and the Catshill and North Marlbrook Parish Council.
The seasonal gathering was aimed at uniting the elderly and those who find themselves alone during the holidays, alongside fostering a sense of togetherness within the Ukrainian community.
BUSAR, the Bromsgrove Ukrainian Support and Relief charity, dedicated to supporting those affected by the war, took charge of orchestrating an afternoon filled with laughter, delectable food, and captivating entertainment.
The meticulously planned festivities featured a magical performance, enchanting tunes from the Vintage Class Singers, and heartwarming contributions from Chadsgrove School. The children from Chadsgrove School and Catshill Middle School added a personal touch by distributing handmade cards to each guest.
Festive food and drink
A lavish buffet, artfully organised by BUSAR, delighted all attendees. Gratitude resonated as each guest received a thoughtful gift courtesy of the parish council.
The festive spirit was extended further with a free raffle, with generous local community donations ensuring every guest was a winner. A surprise raffle, where one fortunate participant secured a £50 prize, generously donated by a local businessman, added an extra element of excitement.
Transportation hurdles were effortlessly overcome, thanks to the altruism of a local Scout Group which provided its minibus free of charge. This thoughtful gesture allowed attendees with mobility issues to partake in the merriment.
The success of this heartening event, attended by more than 70 residents, was made possible by the dedication of numerous volunteers who generously contributed their time and effort.
A spokesperson for the event said: “Their collective commitment ensured the annual Christmas party became a beacon of festive joy for the Catshill community.”