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New Buckinghamshire community enjoy Christmas Carol event

PUBLISHED: 09:50 22 December 2014

The Rev Gareth Lane gets into the festive spirit during the ‘Carols in Our Park’ event at Berryfields with Polly Bahouse, Dee Webb, Melanie Sims, Kim Ridings and Carol Williams of the Berryfields Consortium

The Rev Gareth Lane gets into the festive spirit during the 'Carols in Our Park' event at Berryfields with Polly Bahouse, Dee Webb, Melanie Sims, Kim Ridings and Carol Williams of the Berryfields Consortium

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A new community in Buckinghamshire enjoyed a fun-filled Christmas Carol event with help from a generous donation by local housebuilders.

The consortium of developers behind the Berryfields community of more than 3,000 homes helped to sponsor the ‘Carols in our Park’ event held at the development. The event, which was organised entirely by the ‘Church on Berryfields’, saw consortium developers Martin Grant Homes donate a Christmas tree, Kier Living Eastern provide mince pies and mulled wine, while the staging and a generator were donated by Taylor Wimpey North Thames and Taylor Wimpey South Midlands respectively.

The afternoon was free for residents with fun activities including Christmas crafts, face painting, sumo santas and a variety of seasonal stalls, as well as a nativity character hunt. The afternoon culminated in the community coming together and singing carols.

Organisers said the event was a huge success, with around 500 local residents coming along to enjoy the festivities in the space of just two hours.

Gareth Lane, community vicar for the ‘Church on Berryfields’, says: “With a development like Berryfields, it’s brand new – there isn’t a history behind it. So for us to have the ability to help make these traditions and bring a new community together through an event like this is something we’re proud to do, and spread the message of Christmas along with it.

“We had a band from Aylesbury Vale Academy, a lovely choir from Berryfields Primary School, as well as a sweet shop, hot chestnuts, and a fantastic range of food for everyone to enjoy, which was of course topped off by the switch on of Berryfields’ Christmas tree lights.

“We’re so grateful for all of the kind donations we received from the developers, as they really helped us put on a fantastic event that we hope to continue for years to come.”

Stuart Grant, project manager for the Berryfields Consortium, says: “We were delighted to have been able to sponsor the fantastic Carols in our Park event.

“It’s wonderful to see a whole community be brought together to enjoy the Christmas season, so I hope everyone had a great time and really enjoyed this fabulous festive event!”

Further information about the Berryfields community is available by visiting the website at www.berryfieldshomes.co.uk. More information about the ‘Church on

Berryfields’ is available by visiting www.churchonberryfields.org.

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