Across our villages, many of them got into the Scottish spirit celebrating Burns night and Thamesfield wasn’t an exception!
The villagers celebrated with a themed dinner, led by chairman Mr Gammie, who has Scottish ancestors. Mr Gammie welcomed everyone before reciting the Selkirk Grace.
And of course, the residents couldn’t have a Scottish event without some haggis! The other culinary delights included a cock-a-leekie soup, Scottish salmon served with neeps and tatties and a very popular whisky laird – probably because of the whisky!
Staff and residents from the village were thrilled to present a cheque for £117 to Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue, after raising the funds at their Christmas party.
OxSAR is dedicated to helping police search for missing people and is run completely by donations and grants.
Volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Within an hour and a half, OxSAR can have a mobile control unit set up, a search planner on the scene and trained searchers out on the ground looking for the vulnerable missing person.
The cheque was collected on behalf of the charity by volunteer David Woodgate, who also gave a talk to residents about the services provided by OxSAR’s unpaid but trained professionals.