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Festive family fun at Banbury’s Sunshine Centre

21 December 2017
Tia Kaye-Catan at the Winter Wishes event at Banbury’s Sunshine Centre.

Families enjoyed an afternoon of festive fun as Banbury’s Sunshine Centre was transformed into a winter wonderland.

The ‘Winter Wishes’ event, supported by Sanctuary Housing, welcomed more than 150 visitors, who enjoyed a host of seasonal activities.

Youngsters had the chance to meet Father Christmas, take part in an advent hunt and pull their best poses at the popular ‘elfie selfie’ station.

A snow machine sprinkled a touch of festive magic over the event and people also enjoyed crafts, games and a Christmas café serving up mince pies and other seasonal refreshments.

The event was part of a community consultation project organised by Sanctuary, The Sunshine Centre, Cherwell District Council and The Hill Youth and Community Centre to engage with families from Banbury’s Bretch Hill estate and learn more about their priorities for the local neighbourhood.

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “Our Winter Wishes event was a wonderful way to spread some seasonal cheer and help everyone get into the festive spirit.

“We were delighted to meet so many local families and see all the smiling faces enjoying themselves. As well as being great fun, the event will provide feedback which will play an important part in helping us to improve our neighbourhoods and ensure our residents live healthy and happy lives.”

Vanessa Tustain (left) with Ruby and Luke Williams at the Winter Wishes event.

Previous consultation activities, funded by the district council, have seen local youngsters enjoy laser tag and an afternoon of ‘zorbing football’ in Princess Diana Park.

Edward Frape, community development partner – young people at Cherwell District Council, added: “Engaging with families and young people is so important in helping us understand the needs of the local community.

“We would like to say a big thank you to residents for taking part in the consultation and for making Winter Wishes and our whole series of events such a big success.”

This event was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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