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A Different Sort of Christmas Cheer

A Different Sort of Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer in the Village is normally very different to this year with events and gatherings having being cancelled.

Lockdown has caused a unique set of circumstances which has added to the isolation of many in our villages which will become more acutely felt during the Christmas and New Year period. This is not only true for the older generation, but also for a lot of our young people.

The Parish Council has been working with other partners and local residents to provide a variety of activities and gifts for the many.

Target population: The whole village for some activities, but for others more specifically: Christmas Hampers – Disabled and Elderly who lack direct support and are known to be lonely over the Christmas and New Year period. Estimate c. 100 total people in our area. Children's goody bag – Primary schools and play groups in Castle Donington and Hemington.

A snippet of some of the activities happening.

  1. Village Christmas tree and lights shining from the bus station and through the central areas of the village.
  2. 'Winter Wonderland Trail" with houses around the village decorating and becoming a part of the Village Christmas Cheer. Various roads in the village are having "switch-on" nights – specifically Spitfire Road and Kirkland Close! See Facebook Castle Donington Winter Wonderland Trail –
  3. Reindeer and Elf Trail which are to be placed in different gardens around the village – Prizes for the children – forms available from and through all primary schools.
  4. Santa letter and colouring packs and Santa's post box available at the Community Hub.
  5. Community Trees – Spitfire Road, Community Hub Garden and St Edwards church garden. Plastic baubles for placing notes/drawings available via Community Hub and Victoria Curtis – Spitfire Road estate –
  6. Shops late night and extended opening hours starts 3 December.
  7. Santa is visiting St Edwards and Hemington schools (Orchard school had their own plans) for a Zoom question time and to deliver gifts!
  8. Christmas Lamp Post Wraps to entice shoppers to shop local.
  9. "Find a Santa" shop competition to encourage people to go to local shops and shop local. Forms available from
  10. windows to encourage shoppers to shop local.
  11. 11)GrowCookShare lunch scheme to provide 2 course Christmas dinner

at home for the regular attendees.

  1. Secret Santa (Christmas hamper/goodie bag for oldies & kids) – Delivery before end of school term and for oldies 23/24 December with a specific card wishing Seasons Greetings. A gift to those most affected will remind them that help is available, and they have not been forgotten and will also remind the young people of the true meaning of the festivities.
  2. Christmas cakes/chocolates to be provided for Wakefield Court and Nursing home on Delven Lane.
  3. Reindeer food and sweet treats being delivered to children around the village over a December evening.
  4. Virtual Christmas Cheer Facebook group for supporting the shops –
  5. Rotary Club "Zoom with Santa" sessions. Chek out their Facebook page.

A BIG THANKS go to the Volunteer Centre, Parish Council staff, Kirsty Johnston for Winter Wonderland trail and her contributions, Victoria Curtis for organizing Spitfire estate Christmas lights display, Kirkland Close residents for the annual display of Christmas lights, Marks and Spencer colleagues, Readie, Elite windows, Signature Flight Support, Hormann, SEGRO, Johnsons General Stall, Sarah at The Lamb Inn, Barbara Atkin for her wonderful cakes, Barbara and Rosie for the Christmas posts at the Community Hub, Rotary Club and everyone else who is trying to make a difference in our Community.

Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2020 14:12 by Chris

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