South Oxhey Community Choir hits the high notes at Station Approach with a festive feast


The South Oxhey Community Choir gave a spirited performance of Christmas Carols at the weekend to the local community, at the newly opened Station Approach at Carpenders Park.

The outdoor public concert marked the beginning of the holiday season and the latest milestone in Countryside and Home Group’s South Oxhey Central development.

Led by musical director Simon Wookey, the 30-strong choir performed traditional Christmas Carols to celebrate the opening of the transformed Station Approach. The new public realm includes a selection of new shops, set around a landscaped area with a striking new pavilion at its centre. Attended by local residents, the performance was open to all and followed by the serving of mulled wine and mince pies.

Marking their 10th anniversary this year, the South Oxhey Community Choir were formed in 2008 by famed choirmaster Gareth Malone as part of BBC2’s “The Choir: Unsung Town” TV series. The project was so successful that the Community Choir continues to rehearse at Oxhey Wood school every Tuesday and perform within South Oxhey regularly.

South Oxhey Central is a £150m regeneration scheme that is transforming an 11-acre area into a modern and vibrant neighbourhood for local residents and businesses. Construction began recently on Phase 2 of the development, which will deliver circa 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space, a new and improved marketplace that will also serve as a hub for community events, and 174 new homes, of which 48 will be affordable.

Mike Woolliscroft, Managing Director, Partnerships South, (West), Countryside, said: “This was a fantastically festive celebration for the South Oxhey community, and a great opportunity for local residents to spend time with their neighbours and enjoy the music, as well as the warming refreshments.

“Events like this play a vital part in furthering community engagement and maintaining the area’s thriving community - South Oxhey certainly has a lot to sing about.”