Little Common & Cooden Business Association will be lighting up the village this Christmas in a much bigger way than previous years thanks to the fund raising by local traders and the time generously given by the traders’ working group who have overcome a mountain of red tape to make it happen. In particular, a huge thank you goes to local electrician Steve Lusted and builder Tony Foster who have worked so hard to wire up the street lights to create colourful festive displays outside the post office and along Cooden Sea Road. Another big thank you to James Kimber of the Cooden Beach Hotel for his donation toward the main tree lights and to Jon Baker of Littledown Christmas Tree Farm for once again providing a magnificent tree ready to be admired by all.
Before the ‘Big Switch On’ traders in Little Common will be organising a range of activities around the village on Saturday 5th December. Again there will be something for everyone from our oldest residents to our youngest but the success of the day does rely on the support of everyone! As well as villagers, we are hoping to attract visitors from further afield to experience the delights of our traditional village celebrations as well as supporting our wide range of small independent businesses. Come along and use the day to stock up on local produce, browse a range of specialist shops as well as save a bit of money with some of the special offers available. Almost all shops in the village will be open.
The Association will be hosting a Christmas Craft Fayre at The Royal British Legion in Meads Avenue from 10am to 1pm. Local groups and crafters will be demonstrating their skills as well as selling a wide range of items which will make ideal gifts for all the family at Christmas. Entry is free and refreshments will be available. You can also pick up your ‘Lucky Number’ tickets at the same time. Remember they are only £1 each and only a limited number available. The first prize is £200 with runner up prizes of £50 and £30 to spend with any business which is a member of the Business Association – this could be treating yourself to a meal, indulging yourself with a new hairstyle or beauty treatment, stocking up on some luxury food and other items for Christmas, or even putting it towards a new kitchen, bathroom or much needed building work! The combinations are endless!! If you want to make sure you get your tickets, they are on sale now at Betts & Loyd, Cream, DarnKnits, Espresso Max, Touch of Glamour and The Wheatsheaf.
Santa will make a tour of the village around 1.45pm before going to his temporary home at Santa’s Grotto in Touch of Glamour. Give him a wave and a cheer as he goes past but don’t forget to visit him at his grotto which will be open from 2pm to 4pm. Children will be welcome to bring their Christmas lists to share with him and receive an early Christmas present at the same time. For our youngest residents, there is a children’s party at The Wheatsheaf for the under 10 year olds. There will be games and prizes to be won in an hour of fun and games between 3pm and 4pm. Dress up as your favourite film character and that could win you a special prize.
Around the village there will be carol singing groups and the Lions Club barrel organ will be adding to the festive air the village so stop and give them your support – why not join them in a song or two! Take time to soak up the atmosphere and browse the many shops who will be enticing you in with treats and competitions of their own. Have a go at the competitions – try and find our ‘Christmas letters’ which make up the words of a Christmas Greeting – all you have to do is find all 14 letters and tell us in which business premises you found them and you could win a super prize. Closing date for this competition is Tuesday 8th December so they can be completed on the day or afterwards – details on the entry forms which can be picked up at: DarnKnits (in Village Mews) and Touch of Glamour. There is also a competition on our website for those who are technically minded so do have a go!