Town and Gown come together at Oxford Castle and Prison as St. John’s College provides a Christmas tree for all to enjoy

Dec 13 2021

Town and Gown came together during the spectacular celebrations at Oxford Castle & Prison to celebrate its 950 anniversary year. The 25-foot Christmas tree, delivered from Bagley Wood at Kennington, was a gift from St. John’s College. To mark the occasion Zoe Hancock, the College’s Principal Bursar, joined Debbie Dance, OPT Director and Anne Campbell, Trustee, for the switch on which saw the tree come to light. The evening was the final part of the lighting celebrations at the Castle which included the son et Lumiere at Oxford’s Christmas Light Night, and a new lighting display on the Castle Mound which will run from now until the end of the year.

“Oxford Castle is the most significant piece of town heritage that Oxford has and we are proud to have opened it to the public, so we could not let this anniversary year pass without marking it in some way, and we certainly feel we have done that in style” says OPT Director, Debbie Dance

Zoe Hancock, St Johns College adds

“We are delighted to support Oxford Preservation Trust by supplying a Christmas Tree from the College’s Bagley Wood. We hope it brings as much festive cheer to the Castle as our one does to St Giles.”

The Castle celebrations to mark 950 years with continue into next year. For full details check out the OPT website (add in live link)

A very happy Christmas from everyone in the OPT team.