Wow, what a superb end to a wonderful day in Little Common when new Christmas decorations were lit up along the main street along with the usual tree lights at the roundabout thanks to the hard work of members of Little Common & Cooden Business Association. A particular mention for Steve Lusted of Little Common Electrical and Tony Foster of Facility Services who worked really hard right up to the last minute to get the lights up and working.
Little Common’s special Christmas day of festivities began with a very well attended Craft Fayre at The British Legion on Saturday 5th December. A great variety of stalls all with hand made goods ensured that hardly anyone went away empty handed. Santa then toured the village in an open top car and thanks to all those folk who joined in the festive spirit, tooted their car horns and waved back. He arrived at his Grotto at Touch of Glamour to be greeted by Mrs Claus and an elf as well as children who were eager to meet him. Once the children had visited Santa, the under 10’s were quickly off to the Wheatsheaf to join in party games and fun at their own disco where lots of prizes were won.
In spite of the cold, blustery weather, the local community made their way to the roundabout for the traditional tree lighting ceremony and, this year, the surprise of the newly erected street lights. Councillor Stuart Earl, supported by Kathy Harmer, Chair of the Association, and Santa, switched on the lights and children from Little Common Primary School once again celebrated this special moment with their singing –thanks to Kate Laver who teaches music at the school. They then joined in a procession to the Royal British Legion where crowds joined in the carols accompanied by the Legion Concert Band. Local Church Leaders told the story of Christmas as well as adding their own twist to the service – thanks to Reverends Jonathan Frais and Tricia Williams and Father David Parmiter. A visitor from New Zealand added fun to the concert with tunes on her harp and guitar, encouraging adults and children to join in with her songs.
A free buffet was provided after the Carol Service for everyone. The Christmas Lucky Number was drawn with Liz Crotty winning £200 to spend in the village, Val Bates winning £50 and Brenda Cross winning £30 – a great start to their Christmas! The festivities continued with live music at the Wheatsheaf which kept everyone entertained for the rest of the evening.