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GALLERY: St Agnes host Christmas party for war heroes

By WBEsme  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

  • Hetty Wildblood serving up Christmas dinner to the veterans.

  • Hetty Wildblood and George Mannell. Photograph courtesy of Hetty Wildblood.

  • 96-year-old George Smith enjoying the atmosphere.

  • Singer, Caroline Childe, performed carols for the veterans.

  • Pam Roberts and Bill Stoneman.

  • Geoff Perry

  • Joan Beckett, who read Christmas stories at the lunch.

  • A group of veterans getting in to the Christmas spirit.

  • Mrs Ann Curtis, chef at the party. Photograph courtesy of Hetty Wildblood.

  • Before the meal at the St Agnes Methodist Church Hall. Photograph courtesy of Hetty Wildblood.

  • The 98 year-old Reverend Wyford Phillips, who led grace before the meal. Photograph courtesy of Hetty Wildblood.

  • Tom Wildblood delivering the donated presents to Little Harbour Children’s Hospice. Photograph courtesy of Hetty Wildblood.

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A group of volunteers from St Agnes brought festive cheer to Cornish veterans with a Christmas party event last weekend.

More than 30 ex-servicemen and women came together to celebrate Christmas last Friday afternoon in the St Agnes Methodist Church Hall.

The veterans, many of whom are in their 90s, were treated to a three course complimentary Christmas lunch, a performance of classic Christmas carols from singer Caroline Childe and festive readings from Joan Beckett.

Hetty Wildblood, one of the volunteers, said: “The party was a great success and the hall had a really warm community feel. It was lovely as a lot of people were meeting up for the first time in years.

Instead of paying for their meal, each veteran was asked to bring a gift suitable for a teenager to donate to the Little Harbour Children’s Hospice in St Austell.

Mrs Wildblood added: “We had a Christmas tree piled with gifts from veterans many of whom had met up especially to buy the gifts in Redruth.”

The volunteers also collected donations of £61.50 for the children’s charity.

The idea for the Christmas party came from St Agnes stalwart, George Mannell, who also generously paid to put on the event.

He said: “I’ve got a lot of time and respect for what the veterans have done for us and I thought they deserved a party to round off the year and celebrate.

“The day itself was absolutely brilliant, it really was.”

It is hoped that a similar Christmas party will take place next year.

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