Chef cooks up Christmas cheer

A former professional chef cooked up a Christmas treat for the residents of a sheltered housing scheme.

Residents of Cartrefi Conwy’s Kennedy Court complex met for their annual Christmas lunch which was organised by residents themselves and served up by ex-cook Brian Williamson.

Tenant Brenda Robinson organised the Christmas lunch, along with fellow resident and former chef Brian Williamson.

She said: “We had a full Christmas lunch with melon or prawn cocktail to start followed by turkey with all the trimmings. Then we had Christmas pudding or gateaux plus coffee and mints.

“Everyone seems to have had a good time which is the most important thing.

“We have had a lot of help from our wardens, Chris Bradley and Cate Jones- Hughes. It’s not easy feeding 37 residents! We also had a visit from Ysgol Hen Golwyn choir.

“The children performed a number of Christmas carols and other songs for us and everyone really enjoyed it. The atmosphere has been lovely and really festive. I almost wish it was Christmas every day!”

Brian Williamson says he’d forgotten just how much hard work was involved feeding 37 people.

He said: “Everything went smoothly and I’m sure everyone has had a wonderful time, there’s certainly been plenty of laughter.

Kennedy Court resident, Edna Parker, says the lunch was delicious and she enjoyed celebrating Christmas with her friends and neighbours.

She said: “I moved here from Bristol quite a few years ago to be near my brother. I really like living in Kennedy Court as I have so many friends. It’s been a lovely Christmas meal cooked by Brian and Brenda and served by the wardens.”

And Kennedy Court residents invited some friends from Cartrefi Conwy’s Rhos-on-Sea Parkway complex along to share the Christmas lunch.

Parkway resident, Richard Blackwell, who originates from Skegness, said: “I love it in North Wales and enjoy visiting Kennedy Court as we always have plenty of social events to enjoy. The Christmas lunch and party has been brilliant.”

Kennedy Court warden, Chris Bradley, says tenants did a wonderful job organising their Christmas lunch, and in my absence, Cate stepped in to help serving.

She said: “It’s been a lovely lunch and Brian Williamson and his helpers did a marvelous job. All the tenants have said they thoroughly enjoyed the event and there was certainly plenty of Christmas cheer.

“It is always nice to see residents enjoying themselves especially when they have worked together as a community to make things happen.”

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