For many years the residents of the Sheltered Housing accommodation known as Abbeyfield House in Wigmore, about 4 miles from the centre of Chatham, have shared a Christmas evening with The Salvation Army. There are only 11 residents but most are able to join the fun together with staff and families.
The Residents Support Group, which organises the evening and looks after many of the needs of the residents throughout the year, comprises people having a close association with the house including four from the ‘Army’.
Major Kathy Woodhouse has led this evening for the last few years and did so again this year assisted by a small group of brass players from the corps. This is a very informal and relaxed time which the residents seem to enjoy enormously.
A number of well known carols were chosen by the residents and Kathy read the Christmas story in chocolate (yes, CHOCOLATE). Well over twenty different brands of chocolates were mentioned in her reading. A box of chocolates was then shared with residents, staff and Band. Lorna Bailey, the Housekeeper, provided some light refreshments to conclude the evening.
Major Kathy has been ‘booked’ for 2007!