Once again ArB from Brookhouses in Cheadle sponsored the tree which was perfect. With support from the Parish Council, additional lighting was purchased for the tree and hall and we upgraded Santa’s Grotto.
Friday’s lights switch on was not as well attended as previous years but there was a great community feel about the night and we had some great carol singing from our younger members of the community.
Saturday’s breakfast was our best yet – we sold 100 tickets and including the committee’s breakfasts exceeded that. Around 40 children came to see Santa in his grotto and we had a busy but fun-filled morning.
Whilst the hall will have done well out the weekend financially, the main point of the two events was the community spirit it creates and develops which is priceless.
A few thank you’s are in order. To the Rev Sue Symons who opened the lights on Friday and as always chose such perfect words (and came for coffee on Saturday proving she has at least two Christmas jumpers !)
To Santa and Mrs Claus who gave him time off to come and say hello, to Allison who helped Santa with the presents, Graham Coates who captured some great images of the day, Barbara and Sharon who baked cakes, the stall holders who came along on Friday night, the hall committee for their efforts and last but not least everyone who came along to the hall and made for such a special occasion.
If anyone wanted to know – the Guess the Weight of the competition was won by one of our senior citizens who was thrilled. Her guess of 7 Ibs 10 oz was just 2 oz higher than the actual weight.
Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year.