House-builders shell out for pensioners' Oyster Feast delight

Dozens of pensioners enjoyed Colchester’s Oyster Feast for the first time thanks to the generosity of local businesses.
House-builders Bloor Homes, Bellway and Taylor Wimpey were among the companies who digged deep to enable around 70 pensioners to attend the annual event at Colchester Town Hall.

01/11/2016 - General

The three developers, who are building at the Kingswood Heath, Forest View and Whitmore Park developments on the former Severalls Hospital site, each sponsored two pensioners to dine at the feast, which costs £95 to attend.
It came after Mayor of Colchester Julie Young appealed to local businesses to enable pensioners who usually attend the Alternative Oyster Feast, which she has organised for the past 25 years, to go to the traditional event instead.
Monika Hanlon, Sales Director at Bloor Homes Eastern, said: “As a developer we are always keen to give back to the local communities in which we build and the Oyster Feast is such an important event in Colchester’s social calendar.
“We were therefore delighted to support the Mayor’s appeal to enable local pensioners who would otherwise not have been able to attend to enjoy this wonderful occasion.”
Gemma Bannister, Divisional Sales Manager for Bellway Essex, said: “We are delighted to support the Mayor’s appeal to enable local pensioners to enjoy the Oyster Feast. This is a great opportunity for us as developers to show our appreciation to the community of Colchester.”
Michael O’Leary, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East London, said: “We are committed to supporting local communities and with our forthcoming Whitmore Park development in Colchester, we were only too happy to provide a donation for local people to enjoy the Oyster Feast.
Colchester’s Mayor Julie Young said: “The annual Oyster Feast is a wonderful day for the Borough. It is an honour to be part of the event, and we thoroughly enjoyed sharing and celebrating the occasion with all of our invited guests.
 “I am especially thankful to Bloor Homes, Bellway and Taylor Wimpey for their generosity, which has enabled a number of Colchester’s older residents to participate in this ancient and memorable civic ceremony.”
Guests at the event were greeted by the Mayor upon their arrival before taking their seats for dinner in the Moot Hall.
Guest speakers included Labour MP Stella Creasey, a former student at Colchester County High School for Girls, Steve Goodsell and Francis Duku from Show Racism the Red Card and poet Luke Wright, a former Colchester Sixth Form College student.
A total of 730 new homes are being built on the former Severalls Hospital site, which will become Kingswood Heath by Bloor Homes, Forest View by Bellway Homes and Whitmore Park by Taylor Wimpey.