Three venues, Malmaison Oxford, the Jam Factory and Oxford Town Hall provided a free Christmas meal with all the trimmings and a favorite tipple on one of the busiest Sundays of the year. The event, now known as ‘Golden Sunday’, was started by Jam Factory co-owner, Andrew Norton, five years ago and is run in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire. This year will be the biggest yet with over 400 of Oxford’s elderly folk being treated to a Christmas meal on Sunday 7 December. All food, drinks, crackers, raffle prizes and equipment has been donated by local suppliers and the event will be staffed entirely by volunteers. Entertainment at the Town Hall will be provided by Oxford Harmonic Choir.
Now in its 5th year, The Elders Lunch is a free festive lunch for the local elderly community in Oxford. It has become a highly valued method of building links with the elderly and the vulnerable over the Christmas period and beyond. This year we aim to feed over 400 guests across 3 venues including The Jam Factory, Malmaison Oxford and The Oxford Town hall.
Here’s a link to last year’s feature on the BBC website
Andrew Norton says “Looking out for others in our communities should be commonplace, especially at Christmas. Through the coming together of local businesses, volunteers and organisations we’ve been able to reach out on a much larger scale. We aim to give something back to our elders, to raise awareness of loneliness at Christmas and most importantly to have fun.Ruth Swift of Age UK Oxfordshire says “35,000 older people live alone in Oxfordshire and many will not have family and friends to spend Christmas with this year. These Golden Sunday events provide a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the festive season and meet new people.” Pat Moss of Cutteslowe says “The Christmas dinner is most enjoyable. It's wonderful to meet up with people you haven't seen in a long time, and such a good idea to do this for the elderly - there are so many lonely people, especially at Christmas.”
Sponsors include Aubrey Allen, Oxford Event Hire, Nectar Imports, Roots of Oxford, SH Jones, The Cotswold Brewing Company, Vale Brewery, Oxford City Supplies and Amathus with raffle prizes donated by many local shops and businesses. Triteq were delighted to donate a hamper as a raffle prize.