Christmas Cheer Across the Generations

Children of all ages from Ellesmere Primary School have written and created cards and letters to help bring much needed Christmas cheer to the residents of Ellesmere House residential care home. 

Ellesmere town councillor and Ellesmere Primary parent, Alison Devismes, came up with the idea to continue the connections between the school and the residents that began last Christmas when children visited to sing carols. Due to current COVID guidelines, carol singing is not possible, so cards and letters were the next best thing. 

The children were given residents’ first names and information about something they liked to personalise each letter. One card read: ‘Dear D, I heard that you liked Manchester United, so I made this Man U Christmas card just for you. I support them too!  I hope you have a lovely Christmas! From Harry.’ Another read: ‘Dear J, I hope you have a lovely Christmas and get to listen to your favourite band, Abba! I love music too, but I’ve never heard of Abba! I hope we get to meet one day, from

A.’ Other cards were decorated with bright bunches of residents’ favourite flowers. Ellesmere Headteacher Stuart Roberts said: “It is lovely to be able to share some of our Christmas cheer with the older generation in Ellesmere. “The children have loved making the cards and writing the letters and we hope that, after a period of quarantine, the residents will enjoy reading them just as much. “Fingers crossed that next year we will be able to return to sing carols and sharing  mince pies!” Ellesmere Primary School is a large academy school which serves the children of Ellesmere and surrounding villages. The school joined North West Academies Trust (NWAT) in September 2016 and is now in the middle of an ambitious programme of transformation.

Classrooms have been significantly upgraded with fresh fittings and state-of-the-art kitchen areas, new flooring and heating systems have been installed and further upgrades to buildings are scheduled for 2021. The school was highly praised in last year’s ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection and pupil numbers are on the rise.