Christmas Tree light switch-on at Oxford Castle

Christmas cheer as the lights go on at Oxford Castle with the help of young singers from St. Frideswide’s Primary school.  

The Castle was filled with happy people, smiling faces and fine voices as many of Oxford Preservation Trust’s volunteers, supporters and members of the local community gathered to see the Castle Christmas tree come to light at the hands of Zoe Hancock, Principal Bursar at St John’s College.

The Christmas tree, which comes from nearby Bagley Wood, Kennington, is kindly donated by the College each year, and provided the occasion to all come together to raise a glass of Christmas cheer.  This year the treats were provided by Jericho Coffee Traders who have just opened their cafe in the Castleyard.  St Frideswide’s Choir filled the air with Christmas carols old and new, including a carol written by Debbie Rose from the Oxfordshire County Music service, with a special Ukrainian theme.  

We are so excited to have our café opening again, and with the lighting of the Christmas tree the Castle has come to life at this festive time of year.  Thanks go to St. John’s College, to St. Frideswide’s School Choir and to all our volunteers and supporters who have helped us in so many ways throughout 2022.  And don’t forget to go and see the Christmas tree for yourself, and have a cup of coffee whilst you are at it!

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