The Ash Tree throws Christmas party for local elders


The Ash Tree in Ashford gave back to its local elderly community for Christmas by holding a free Christmas lunch for local elders, including drinks, a three-course meal and a gift.

The Fuller’s pub hosted 40 guests at the Christmas party on Tuesday 11 December. Special guests included pub regulars, neighbours and members of the local church.  

Pub Manager Tony Bedwell said the kind gesture was to give back to the Ashford community this Christmas.

“This is a real community pub and it’s important for us to keep giving back to our local community because they’re the reason we’re here,” he said.

“We have a children’s Christmas party each year, so we thought it would be a great idea to do a Christmas party for our elderly neighbours, too.”

The Ash Tree pub volunteers help host Christmas lunch for elderly

Staff from The Ash Tree, locals and other Fuller’s employees volunteered their time to help with the Christmas party, Tony explained.

“The staff volunteered their time to come in and help with the event. Some took time off from their other jobs to be here – which shows how important community really is here.”

Christmas lunch included homemade chicken liver Pâté or tomato and roast pepper soup, roast turkey with all the trimmings and Black Cab Christmas pudding or chocolate brownie for dessert.

After lunch everyone received a gift from The Ash Tree – either a box of chocolates or a bottle of Fuller's classic ale London Pride

Tony said The Ash Tree’s Christmas party for the elderly will return next year.

“This is the second year we’ve done it. The first time we did it we didn’t think anyone would show up, but we were full. This year we had another great turnout, so we will continue to do it each year.”

The Ash Tree pub, Ashford, hosts Christmas party for local elderly

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