Christmas Lights Switch On

A special visit by the Deputy Mayor of Waltham Abbey kicks off our Christmas celebrations.

Resident Irene Wright was chosen to have the honour of switching on our festive lights, alongside Councillor Shane Yerrell.

Lifestyles Manager Lisa Guillierre said: “We chose Irene to switch on the lights as she is always the first to stop and have a chat with the others and get the party started – that’s why she is our VIP. It was lovely to be able to invite families and friends back into the home to join in with the festivities. It was a wonderful afternoon for all and really started December off with a bang!

“A local choir kicked off our afternoon with Christmas carols, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ was a firm favourite and a beautiful rendition of ‘Silent Night’ left many of us feeling emotional and humbled at how so many had attended our special celebration.

“We then all gathered outside for our grand light switch on which two of our lovely ladies Irene and Ann who took centre stage alongside the Deputy Mayor of Waltham Abbey, Councillor Shane Yerrell, and the crowd gasped and cheered when the grounds were illuminated for everyone to enjoy.”

It was a lovely afternoon bringing families and the community together and a lovely way to kick off the festivities.

Honey Lane VIP resident Irene said: “It’s been a lovely afternoon. I have enjoyed listening to the choir and it was a real honour to have been asked to switch on our Christmas lights with the Deputy Mayor. He was a pleasure to have at the home with us and really got into the spirit of the day, singing along and tucking into the treats we had on offer.”

Waltham Abbey’s Deputy Mayor said: “It was lovely being asked to switch the Christmas lights on For Honey Lane care home tonight. Such a nice home. Happy Christmas to all the residents. So glad they can enjoy it without any restrictions this year.”

Head Chef Ermina Avdagic pulled out all the stops with homemade mince pies, served hot from the oven, mulled wine, and a hot chocolate station to warm up the chilly revellers, complete with whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles.

Head of Lifestyles Lisa said: “It was a cold, wintry eve but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming, the singing and hot food made us all glad it was Christmas and that we could share it with the ones we love.”

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