Community Projects

Open House Community Christmas Day

Welcome to the Oswestry Open House page!

Here you can find everything you need to know about Oswestry Open House Community Christmas Day.

You can register using the links below to volunteer or to join us as a guest on Christmas Day. Alternatively, you can call us on 01691 655895 or email chalkoswestry@gmail.com.

Open House is a project that is open to everyone in the local community who would like to be part of a Community Christmas Day.

The project provides a full Christmas dinner, live entertainment and gifts on Christmas Day for anyone who wants to come along.

From 10am-2pm, The Center on Oak St is buzzing with the true spirit of Christmas!

The whole day is free for guests, transport can be provided and there are even goody bags to take home!

Read our blog to find out how you can help us fundraise!

Our Christmas Tale…

Christmas isn’t always as ideal as the adverts make it out to be. For some, it’s a very difficult time. In such a rural area, it’s easy for people to become socially isolated. The idea for Open House was sparked back in 2014 when we realised there was nowhere open on Christmas Day for those who would rather not spend the day alone. Starting with just a Facebook page, we pulled together to make the day happen in under six weeks.

The community and local businesses showed their incredible support by donating food, gifts and decorations and volunteers worked their Christmas socks off decorating the hall and peeling mountains of spuds in the true spirit of Christmas!

Thanks to Shropshire Council, we were able to use The Centre on Oak Street to host our special event. Sixty-three people attended including our volunteers! It really was a day to remember!

Since then our Community Christmas Day has gone from strength to strength. We feed and entertain an average of 120 people of all ages and walks of life every year as well as deliver meals and gifts to families who prefer to have a family Christmas at home.

2017 will be our fourth Open House Community Christmas Day. We would love to see you there!