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Halloween brings Banbury community together

3 November 2016
Anita Butt and Carolyn Reobertson

Banbury resident’s young and old have marked Halloween with two community parties jam-packed with exciting activities for everyone to enjoy.

With support from Sanctuary Housing, the two parties were organised to give members of the community an alternative way to mark the annual fright night, minus the pumpkins and trick-or-treaters.

‘The Great Grimsbury’, a party held in Levenot Close Common Room in Grimsbury for nearby sheltered housing residents, saw the local OYAP youth action team running cupcake decorating, while Banbury Rotary provided entertainment in the form of games, music and singing.

Carys and Bethan Davies

The event, which was organised by Grimsbury Community Association, also saw a range of refreshments on offer.

In Bretch Hill, a party was held at The Hill Community Centre for children from local primary and secondary schools. Activities included crafts, food, storytelling, music and a whole host of games. Visitors were also able to enjoy warming soup and hot chocolate, and went home with a goody bag full of treats.

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnership manager, said: “We always look to invest in community-led events such as these which address the needs of our customers. Halloween can be quite intimidating for some people, particularly those who are older or who live on their own. The Great Grimsbury event was a great alternative option for those older people and really helped prevent people from feeling isolated and bring the community together.

“The school pupils also really enjoyed their party, allowing them to take part in some fun activities with their friends.”

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