The Mayor, Cllr Frank Pearson was joined by the University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Joy Carter and more than 40 staff and students. As well as preparing and serving a Christmas lunch, the army of University volunteers provided a programme of entertainment and music, including a lively12 Days of Christmas quiz, as well as offering guests a tour of the campus.
The atmosphere was wonderful with all the volunteers contributing to the day with such enthusiasm, said event organiser, Richard Cheetham, Programme Leader in Sports Coaching and Development at the University. Even a power cut, turning the lights out for a few minutes, seemed to add to the magic of the occasion.
The guests were invited by Age UK Winchester and this is the second time in recent years that the University has held a Christmas lunch club on campus. The event involves many hours of preparation by the University's Volunteering Co-Ordinator, Nina Lazarski and Catering Manager, Dave Morton.
We really appreciate our involvement with everyone at the University, said Cynthia Boswell, Lunch Club Co-ordinator for Age UK Winchester. Over the past year the students who have worked with us have proved an invaluable asset and we hope they too have benefitted from the experience. The Christmas Party is a great idea " long may it continue!
For further details about volunteering at the University of Winchester see www.winchester.ac.uk or ring Nina Lazarski, Winchester's Volunteering Co-ordinator on 01962 827195.
Print-ready images from the day are available to download. University staff and students with Mr Ian Carswell and volunteer mini bus driver Mr John Forse (1), Mrs Marjorie Robathan (2), Mrs Joan Ruby and Age UK volunteer Mrs Pat Kilby (3), and Mrs Josie McKee (4)