Crowds flocked to the Craft Fayre at The British Legion at the start of Little Common’s Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 6th December, organised by Little Common & Cooden Business Association. There was such a variety of stalls that choosing gifts for Christmas was tricky – from beautiful floral arrangements by Little Common Flower Club to original handmade items by a range of local crafters.
Santa then started his tour of the village in an open top car, provided courtesy of Cream Wedding Carriages. When he arrived at his Grotto at Harmony Blinds, children were eager to meet him, get an early Christmas gift as well as telling him what they would really like on Christmas Day. During the afternoon, music was heard throughout the village from the Lion’s barrel organ, Robin Higley’s PA system at the roundabout, and singing groups JACS (Julie’s Adult Choir Singers) and Quintasia kept people entertained with Christmas songs. Traders added to the festive atmosphere with their own competitions, as well as offering free refreshments and other Christmas cheer to passing visitors, including hot chestnuts from Cole’s Greengrocers, the newest business in the village. As usual excitement mounted as residents and visitors were drawn to the roundabout for the traditional tree lighting ceremony. It nearly did not happen this year as only a week before it was found that the electricity supply had been disconnected when a wide load heading for the new link road passed through the village in the summer. Rapid action by Little Common & Cooden Business Association and a quick response from the Highways Agency saved the day. Mayor Brian Kentfield, supported by Kathy Harmer, Chair of the Association, and Santa, was able to switch on the lights on time – phew!! Thanks to James Kimber of Cooden Beach Hotel as well for generously sponsoring the tree lights this year. Children from Little Common Primary School celebrated the tree lighting moment with their singing – a magical moment thanks to Kate Laver who teaches music at the school. They then followed Santa and the Mayor in their car in a procession to the Royal British Legion, playing recorders and bells and encouraging others to join their parade drawing a large crowd of all ages.
The crowd packed into the Legion to join in the carols accompanied by the Legion Concert Band. Local Church Leaders provided original and amusing insights into what Christmas means to them – thanks to Reverends Jonathan Frais and Ian Pruden. Quintasia and JACs once more provided well received musical interludes as part of the service. A free buffet of baked potatoes was provided for over 100 people but the children were more than eager for their party to begin. Refreshments were provided by the Legion and the disco party was hosted by Laura and Scott Johnstone. There was fun and games with all children receiving gifts courtesy of Lifescape Builders and presented by Santa. The festivities continued with live music provided by Ameritz who kept everyone entertained for the rest of the evening.
A splendid day once more so well done Little Common & Cooden Business Association members for making such a success of the day and to all the villagers for their support.