Ro­tary Club pre­par­ing for Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

SUM­MER may or may not quite be over but Christ­mas is surely one of the last things on peo­ple’s minds, right? Wrong.

The Ro­tary Club of Che­sham is al­ready pre­par­ing to welcome Fa­ther Christ­mas and his rein­deer to the town this fes­tive sea­son.

The club has an­nounced that its new and im­proved sleigh will be vis­it­ing even more streets around Che­sham this De­cem­ber, thanks to the in­creased sup­port of lo­cal youth and ser­vice clubs.

Chil­dren of all ages en­joy the sleigh herald­ing the month of De­cem­ber and its first out­ing will be Christ­mas in Che­sham on Fri­day, Novem­ber 27.

In ad­di­tion to the sleigh, the Ro­tary Club of Che­sham hopes to once again be pro­vid­ing its ever pop­u­lar Santa’s Grotto in the town cen­tre.

All groups that are un­der­stood to be tak­ing part in this year’s float have re­ceived de­tails of col­lec­tion ar­eas and dates from Fa­ther Christ­mas.

More than half have con­firmed their at­ten­dance, but the Ro­tary Club of Che­sham is keen for the re­main­ing groups to get in touch as soon as pos­si­ble.

Ro­tar­ian Tim Wil­lens said: “I know it seems a bit early to be talk­ing about Christ­mas, but if your group has yet to con­firm, please do so as soon as pos­si­ble so that the de­tailed routes can be pro­duced and is­sued.

“We’re tremen­dously en­cour­aged by the in­ter­est and sup­port we’re get­ting from all the groups.”

The group is also call­ing on vol­un­teers to tow the sleigh in De­cem­ber.

Mr Wil­lens added: “Dur­ing early De­cem­ber, when the rein­deers can’t fly due to air traf­fic con­trol reg­u­la­tions, we ur­gently need sup­port from those of you who have ve­hi­cles ca­pa­ble of tow­ing the sleigh and would be able to drive for us on an evening or two.”

The Che­sham An­nual Christ­mas Float Ap­peal, which ran for more than 40 years, was sus­pended in 2013 due to the old float need­ing to be scrapped for safety rea­sons.

The Ro­tary Club did not want to see the float can­celled again so it took over run­ning the ven­ture land re-built the float.

If you can help tow the sleigh this feast­ive sea­son, call 01494 773 653 or email pe­ter­pauline squire@bt­in­ter­net.com.

EARLY START: Fa­ther Christ­mas on the float last year

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