Christmas at Dee Park

deeparkxmasevent-44 (1)To top off a year of new housing being completed and new customers calling Dee Park home, we held a spectacular Christmas tree lighting event with over 250 people turning out to the celebrations.

The event was held in the modern community area at Oak Tree House, an over 55s extra care housing scheme. The Christmas tree, kindly provided by development partner Willmott Dixon, was positioned on the new side pavement on Spey Road for all to see throughout the festive season.

Santa certainly put the sparkle in people’s eyes when he and his elf, Catalyst’s very own Ruth Martin, turned up to greet locals and give 125 children an early Christmas present – this year everyone received a fabulous book.

Long-term resident Mr Todd donned his Scottish attire to switch on the Christmas lights with Leader of the Council, Councillor Jo Lovelock in attendance.

On the day guests were treated to an international pianist, carol singing as well as arts and crafts activities including decorating gingerbread men. There were lucky dip Christmas gifts for adults provided by local businesses including haircuts, zumba classes and parent and child art workshops held by Jelly (a creative arts charity in Reading).

A huge thank you to Reading Borough Council who co-funded the event and staff who volunteered before and on the day.  One of the highlights was the Christmas ‘elfie’ prop for families to have a giggle and take festive photos – thanks to the Broad Street Mall in Reading for providing this. Some members of the Dee Park Board also attended the event and connected with new residents who were keen to talk about future events and volunteering opportunities.

Dee Park is currently going through a regeneration which involves building new homes and commercial facilities. Visit the Dee Park regeneration page for more information.