Osborne were at the Heart of Community Spirit at Wartime Tea Party in Winchester
The party at Hyde Parish Hall in Hyde Street, was organised by Osborne Property Services, tenants from Tenants and Council Together (TACT) along with residents from Hyde Gate sheltered housing accommodation and council officers from the Tenant Involvement Team. More than 30 tenants enjoyed an afternoon tea which included sandwiches, cake and scones. Entertainment was provided by Amy Baker who sung vintage jazz numbers to the delighted gathering.
Student volunteers from Winchester Hub helped out on the day and some of the food was provided by community organisation FirstBite who used surplus food from supermarkets for the cakes and sandwiches.
There was also a raffle, with prizes which were donated by Osborne who work in partnership with Winchester City Council.
Head of Engagement at Osborne Property Services, Jo Fletcher said:-
“This event brought old friends together. Friends that had lost contact over the years were reunited over wartime sounds, some great food and exchanged their stories. Residents are now making plans to meet on amore regular basis which is a wonderful outcome.”
Winchester City Council Tenant Involvement officer, Heather Wensley, explained:
“We wanted to get tenants together to help reduce social isolation and find out a bit more about them. We had some wonderful, interesting tenants there and learnt lots of stories.”
Monica Gill, Chair of TACT added:
“It was absolutely brilliant we had the right amount of people and everyone enjoyed themselves. I would like to thank the students and Osborne and the people from Tenant Involvement and councillor Horrill who took the time to join us.”
Winchester City Council Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing Services, Cllr Caroline Horrill, spoke after attending the event:
“This was a really uplifting event – a tea party which brought together involved people of all ages, tenants and the students who helped make the event the success it was. Building cohesive communities is an important factor in terms of ensuring people lead happy and fulfilled lives. This sort of proactive approach to tenant engagement is vital and the community benefits when TACT, residents and council officers pull together like this.”