Residents at the Bakers’ Benevolent Society have enjoyed a Christmas party at the charity’s sheltered housing project.

More than 40 residents from the baking industry and affiliated trades enjoyed seasonal treats, including mince pies donated by local bakeries

Chairman of trustees Chris Tomkins and his wife Gillian attended the event at Bakers’ Villas in Epping, Essex, which included a rendition of Galway Bay, sung by Dennis Hume of Hume’s Bakery, Halstead.

Since 1832, the society has been providing sheltered housing for retired members of industry and allied trades and continues to provide independent living at Bakers’ Villas.

Financial support for numerous infrastructure projects is required by the society, and anyone interested in helping, either with their time or financially, should visit, to register how they would like to support.