New Years Eve at Wright's Almshouse

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New Years Eve at Wright's was a huge success and it will hopefully be bigger and better next year.

All who came from Wrights enjoyed it immensely. Lots of nice goodies to eat and drink, fantastic views of Twickenham and surrounding areas with a 180 degree view of the fireworks from the front balcony. The colours were great. We tidied and left at 1.30am quietly!

Hickey's Carol Service

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On a cold winter night and on the Winter Solstice many of us were drawn to the Chapel at Hickey’s Almshouses for the annual Carol Service and readings – the first one in the Chapel for 3 years!

This year, using music poetry and bible readings, we were taken on a journey from the arrival in Bethlehem to the crib and stable and the significance of love. We heard the wonderful choir and the soaring soprano of our Juliet and it was a lovely opportunity for me to put on my professional hat and read What the Donkey Saw by U.A. Fanthorpe.

We finished with wine and mince pies and catch ups with neighbours, staff and trustees.

In a time of darkness this annual event beautifully celebrates our community spirit and, whether you like Christmas or prefer to ignore it, the chance to have a good sing!

Christmas Day at Michel's 17

Many thanks to The Richmond Charities management allowing residents to gather together for Christmas Day and part of Boxing Day in a small marquee on Michel’s Almshouses lawn.

Residents all contributed to the festive fare and were able to socialise through parts of both days. Cool temperatures didn’t spoil the atmosphere and it was good to have enough room for shared chatter and warmth.

Best wishes for 2023 to all fellow residents across all properties.


Christmas Day at Michel's 17
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