CHARITY FUNDRAISER. A Horse-drawn Santa and his elves will be in Sutton Bonington, and the neighbouring villages this month of Kegworth, Gotham and East Leake to bring children happiness and excitement and to raise funds for a children’s cancer charity.
Santa and his elves will be raising money for former Sutton Bonington teenager Jasmine’s Moseley’s Legacy of Dreams and any donations received will help teenagers living with cancer.
On December 4 Santa will leave Landcroft Lane in Sutton Bonington at 12 noon and visit the Sutton Bonington University campus, Marle Pit, Main Street, Park Lane, turning round at Charnwood Fields and returning down Park Lane.
At 12.40pm Santa and his helpers will be stopping at the King’s Head for a refreshment break.
At 1 pm they will visit Marle Pit Hill, College Road, turning left at the crossroads. They will then visit Station Road, passing the Anchor Inn in Kegworth and Side Leys around 1.20 pm
They will also visit Packington Hill, Broadhill Road, Whatton Road, London Road and the Square in Kegworth.
On Santa’s journey from Gotham to East Leake on December 11 Santa will start from the Gotham Memorial Hall Car Park and then visit Bidwell Crescent, Wodehouse Avenue,turning around back onto Nottingham Road.
From Nottingham Road Santa will visit Wallace Street, East Street and the Well and the Square.
At. 12.40 Santa will be on Leake Road and then onto Gotham Road in East Leake. He will then visit St. Mary’s Crescent, stopping at Pav’s Store for a 15 minute refreshment break.
Then onto Lantern lane, Gotham Road, Main Street, the Three Horseshoes and on to the Co-op as the final stopping place.
Jasmine’s Legacy of Dreams was set up by Debbie and Andrew Moseley of Sutton Bonington in memory of their daughter, Jasmine, who died from cancer earlier this year, and its aim is to financially assist young people with cancer “to achieve their dreams”.
Jasmine died, aged 19, in January after a long battle cancer. Her funeral in February was described by one villager on the day as “a wonderful tribute to a wonderful person”.
Scores of people stood outside their homes to say a last farewell to the horseloving teenager as a horse-drawn carriage wound through the streets of Sutton Bonington.
“She was a wonderful and kind friend and so many of us left are going to miss her and, despite her setbacks, her inspiring attitude to life,” said the villager.
“It is a privilege to be here to be part of this so richly deserved send off.”
Jasmine, who lived with her parents in the village, died on Friday, January 22, bringing to an end her battle for life that forced her to spend more than a year in and out of hospital for rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
Jasmine was diagnosed with leukaemia in October 2019 and, after several rounds of chemotherapy had a bone marrow transplant in April last year, when the whole country was beginning to feel the effects of the first coronavirus lockdown.
Jasmine suffered agonisingly during her last 12 months or so but was always able to keep smiling.
Mum Debbie who spent time with her living in the hospital, said her daughter always found time to say how very grateful she was to the nurses at the City Hospital, in Nottingham, for their support and care.
Debbie said Jasmine would always look to helping others and even when she was so ill her attitude didn’t change.
The teenager always had a huge passion for horses and loved her work at the Horse and Carriage Company, in Sutton Bonington. The business helped organise the cortege.
Jasmine’s love of horses was reflected in two major fund-rasing events in the summer in aid of Jasmine’s Legacy of Dreams.
COUNCIL VIEWS. While some parishioners in Sutton Bonington are happy with the work of their parish council, but some are not and think they should be telling residents more than they do about themselves.
Earlier this year earlier chairman Coun. McMullenKerr asked councillors for their thoughts on what they felt the parish council wins had been along with what it can improve on.
Residents had supported the setting up the working parties, the progress made by the flood team, influence on the Park Lane development, and making the parish council more visible.
But a good feeling was not universal. One resident spoke to the Echo and said the council were not giving a good impression and that some of the time it seemed they wanted go their own way without taking into account some of the local opinions.
The chairman in a comment to the council said that comments made by their own members on what could be improved there was a call for better communication with residents.
PANTO FUN. Rumpelstiltskin the pantomime is to be presented for three nights at Sutton Bonington Campus this month.
The Sutton Bonington Players will be presenting the show this week on December 6, 7 and 8.
Monday December 6 is family night at 7.30 pm and 18-plus nights are Tuesday,