10 years on and still going!
And no, it is not quite Christmas yet!!

CCT has been going for 10 years and I feel it is now time to step down from my role as lead organiser. Last year, some of you will know that the lovely Kerry Knight sadly lost her life in a road accident. She was prepared to take on the wonderful role of the lead organiser (which, to be honest, she was pretty much set up as already) and so now CCT is looking for another special person to take on this event. My youngest son is now 12 years old and does not remember me ever being at home on Christmas day and in fact all my children, now 15, 14 and 12, have participated and supported our efforts to ensure that no one is alone on Christmas Day, which is admirable and selfless. However, I do now feel that I would like to be home for the next couple of years to celebrate with my family at home before they eventually fly the nest.

All the systems are in place, the venue, the supporters, the funding. My husband, Carl, who has been phenomenal over the years, is happy to continue being treasurer and helping with social media so all we need is someone to take charge of the rest. This is not as tricky as one might think and it may suit a role of a couple or a couple of friends who would like to rise to the challenge of organising this invaluable event. Promotion normally starts around the end of September and obviously finishes by 4pm on Christmas Day after everyone has had an amazing day. This is a highly rewarding role and I cannot express enough how important it has been to people over the years, to know that there are so many people willing to give up some time on the run-up and on Christmas Day. Traditionally, Christmas Day is a breeze provided you are organised and is a true joy to be part of.

It would be a real shame to see this wonderful event end but I do now feel that it is time someone else rose to this role and enjoyed the fruits of our wonderful, generous community spirit.

Anyone who may be interested in this role, please email Community Christmas Thame on communitychristmasthame@gmail.com with the subject line Lead Role Application.

Please feel free to post any questions, I will endeavour to answer openly and promptly (I don't necessarily check every day but I will do my best).

Best wishes,
Kathy

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Become a volunteer

There are plenty of ways to help. Collecting guests, sitting with them for company, delivering meals to those whom can't attend, cooking, cleaning, washing up, signing etc. Please contact us to discuss options and availability during the day. As the event has grown year each year, we anticipate we'll need 50+ volunteers during the day. If you can spare even an hour, you can make such a difference to people's lives.

Thank you, we have all
the volunteers we need
for this year's event

Gifts

Not only do we provide the lunch and entertainment for our guests, but we also give them a small present. This year we have set up a central collection point within Thame Town Hall so donations can be dropped off conveniently. All we ask if that the gift is unwrapped and suitable for both sexes. Ideally we are looking for: After Eights, Chocolate Oranges, Matchmakers, Shortbread Biscuits and Jam or Marmalade.

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We welcome donations to allow us to cover the costs of running the Christmas event or support others throughout the year. Thank you.

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The Meal

25 December 2020, 12:30 to 14:30. Full Christmas lunch and pudding will be provided (sorry, no alcohol can be served) along with some entertainment.
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Spread the word

Whether using social media or good old fashion 'word of mouth', letting people know about the event will hopefully prevent anyone being alone this Christmas. Please tell others. #CCT20

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Sponsorship enables us to cover the cost of hosting the event. It covers the venue and the food. Without it, we would not be able to host the day. Please support us.

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Volunteer Application

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Thank you, we have all
the volunteers we need
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Guest Application

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   Drop-off applications: Thame Town Hall, High Street, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3DP
   Postal applications: Community Christmas Thame, ℅ 32 Queens Close, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3AZ
   Email applications & scanned forms: communitychristmasthame@gmail.com

According to research just under 500,000 elderly people spent last Christmas alone.

Our Team

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Kathy Thomas

“Having volunteered for a number of years with Christmas Crisis in London, Kathy was looking for something a little closer to home. Having found nothing similar in the area, with the aid of CommunityChristmas.org and her family, CCThame launched the first event in 2011.”

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Kerry Knight

“Kerry and her twin daughters, Rachael and Heather have been supporting Community Christmas Thame since the beginning. Kerry now arranges all the volunteers so we collect guests or deliver meals to everyone.”

The Volunteers
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“What can we say, without the volunteers, we would not have an event. All the people who have given up their time over the festive period over the years or made a donation to help others, a massive thank you.”

Our 2019 Sponsors

Along with all the volunteers, those whom have donated gifts, our sponsors help us cover the costs of hosting such an event. We are forever grateful for their generosity and support.

If you would like to look into the sponsor opportunities, please use the contact form.

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