Youngsters got into the Christmas spirit in Heckfield

Basingstoke Gazette: Schoolchildren give elderly people a festive treat Schoolchildren give elderly people a festive treat

YOUNGSTERS got into the Christmas spirit by singing carols and chatting to elderly people in Heckfield.

Pupils from both Whitewater Primary School, in The Street, Rotherwick, and Robert May’s School, in West Street, Odiham, attended the tea party in Heckfield Memorial Hall.

A mix of traditional and more modern carols were sung, including Away in a Manger and Little Donkey.

The 25 Whitewater and 15 Robert May’s pupils then chatted to some of the senior citizens, all of whom came from the Whitewater parish area, including Heckfield, Mattingley and Rotherwick.

This was the first year that pupils from Robert May’s had attended the long-standing annual event.

Jo Proctor, a teacher at Whitewater Primary School, told The Gazette: “It was lovely. It means that the pupils talk to a different generation and learn how to behave outside of school as well. It’s about being part of a community and giving a little bit back.”

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