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 below using the online form if you would like to volunteer or to join us as a guest on Christmas Day. You can also call us on 01691 655895 or email chalkoswestry@gmail.com if you prefer.

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

The project provides a full Christmas dinner, live entertainment and gifts on Christmas Day for anyone in the local community 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!

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!

How can I help?

Volunteer your time on or before the day

Donate gifts and non-perishable food

 

Register as a volunteer or guest below.

We would like say a huge thank you to the following partners, for donating time, money, goods or supporting us.