Winterfest is coming to Churchill, with all proceeds going to Thrive – Chipping Norton’s newest charity supporting local children and families living below the poverty line.
Churchill village hall will be transformed into a cosy Scandinavian-style retreat on Thursday 10 November between 7pm and 10pm, and Thrive spokesperson Andrea Ratcliffe is hoping for lots of support for the seasonal fundraiser from local residents.
It’s all about Hygge
The evening has been designed around the popular Scandinavian approach to winter known as ‘Hygge’ (pronounced ‘hoogah’) – a celebration of good food, warming drink, candle-lit company and convivial atmosphere.
The Danes certainly know how to embrace wellbeing and togetherness, and Andrea hopes this welcoming approach to life will rub off on everyone who takes part in the fundraising event.
Churchill’s village hall will undergo a transformation for the night, with hall table and chairs making way for an array of cosy, comfortable and irresistible sofas and armchairs.
With plenty of twinkly Scandinavian-style lights as the finishing touch, Winterfest will create a warm glow in the chilly dark of a November evening.
Plenty of local companies will pop up on the night including folk from Chadlington Ale, Fibreworks, Oats, Cadenza Italy, St Eval Candles, Neals Yard and The Lighting Bug.
Yummy nibbles and a drink are included in the price, with visitors encouraged to warm up and chill out with family and friends over hot chocolate or a glass of fizz.
So join the fun and pick out some great early Christmas gifts as you get in the mood for the approaching seasonal festivities.
Winter crafts and snuggly clothing will be available along with decorating ideas and tips for staying healthy over the winter months.
Buy tickets by email for £5 in advance or £6 on the door. Contact Andrea for further details (see below).
Help new charity Thrive
Thrive is a new charity in Chipping Norton, formed in 2016 by a group of local women who want to improve the lives of local children in and around the town.
Inspired by the Gloucestershire group Community Awareness, the founders are seeking to raise awareness of local hardship and support children and families living below the poverty line.
Thrive offers practical help in the form of baby items, basic clothing, furniture, toiletries, school uniform and shoes.
They hope to expand their activities in the coming months and years by connecting with local organisations like the foodbank, children’s centres, nursery schools and women’s refuges, as well as extending services to children in the wider North Oxfordshire area.