On the 3rd January, Bellfield Junior School opened its doors to some of the communities elderly and homeless for a festive treat.

The idea was to host a three course Christmas meal at the school which would be prepared and served by the children – and that is exactly what happened!

With over 30 guests – mainly older members of the community – the children, staff, parents and other local volunteers, provided a festive afternoon of great food, fabulous entertainment and wonderful conversation.

Other than the traditional culinary delights of turkey, sprouts, carrots, roasters, stuffing etc, the table was beautifully decorated and most importantly, crackers were provided!

Adding to the Christmas atmosphere, guests donning paper crowns were treated to renditions of festive favourites by some members of their school choir.

Continuing the entertainment, there were also 4 games of prize bingo and Roy and Ella from NAF (Northfield Arts Forum) also entertained guests with their vocals.

A very proud headteacher, Nigel Attwood said: “We had a fantastic team of parents, children and staff volunteers, as well as other members of the community who volunteered to make the day such a success.

“The guests told us they loved the attention they had, the interest in them the children took – and were surprised and pleased with the entertainment! It was a great day that proves there is community spirit in Northfield.”

He added: “We also had fantastic support from the Northfield Shopping Centre including Iceland, O2, Costa and JD. Starbucks also gave free drinks to all the volunteers on the day to keep us going!”

“This is something the school wants to do again – and improve. It is the first time we have done this and we are learning. ”

The Northfield based school often shows its genuine commitment to the community, and this wonderfully organised event is no exception.

A massive well done to everybody involved.

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