A retirement community in Stow is helping to keep the town lit up this Christmas.

Homeowners at Beechwood Park are enjoying the Christmas lights, which will be lit until the new year thanks to a donation of £200 from Brio Retirement Living to Stow Council.

The lights were switched on at the beginning of the month by a pupil from Stow-on-the-Wold Primary School with revellers wrapping up warm, enjoying soup, mince pies and mulled wine.

There were also carols from the school children and even an appearance from Santa himself.

Karl Hallows, director of operations at Brio, said: “Christmas is a wonderful time of year for any community, and we are thrilled to donate to Stow Council and offer our support to their Christmas fund and of course the much-loved festive lights switch on.

“Christmas is not just about receiving presents – it’s about sharing in this joyous time of year together and giving back to the community.

“Beechwood Park is a short walk from the picturesque centre of Stow-on-the-Wold and our new homeowners are keen to embrace what’s on offer there including its galleries and museums, gourmet restaurants, bakeries and clubs.”

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The money donated by Brio went towards the town’s Christmas fund, used to support the lights and switch-on event.

Beechwood Park is an integrated retirement community for the over 65s and now Brio are offering potential customers an early Christmas present, with up to £15,500 off moving in costs and incentives available to anyone reserving a home before 24 December.

Visit the Beechwood Park website for further information.