Christmas Extravaganza in Little Common
There was great variety on offer including floral arrangements by Little Common Flower Club to handmade items by local crafters.
Santa Claus then toured the village in an open top car, provided by Cream Wedding Carriages. He arrived at his grotto in Harmony Blinds where children were eager to receive a gift as well as say what they would like on Christmas Day.
During the afternoon music was heard through the village from the Lions’ barrel organ, Robin Higley’s PA system, and singing groups - Julie’s Adult Choir Singers and Quintasia entertained with Christmas songs. Traders added to the festive atmosphere with competitions, as well as offering free refreshments and Christmas cheer to passers-by, including hot chestnuts from new business Cole’s Greengrocers.
Excitement mounted in the countdown to the traditional tree lighting ceremony at the roundabout - which nearly did not happen this year as it was realised the electricity supply had been disconnected by a wide load heading for the new link road during summer. Rapid action by the business association was required and then the Highways Agency saved the day. Mayor Cllr Brian Kentfield, with LCCBA chair Kathy Harmer and Santa, was able to do the honours to cheers and applause. James Kimber of Cooden Beach Hotel was thanked for sponsoring the tree lights this year.
Children from Little Common primary school celebrated the tree lighting with their singing – a magical moment thanks to teacher Kate Laver. They then followed Santa and the Mayor in their car in a procession to the RBL club for carols accompanied by the Legion band. Local church leaders provided original and amusing insights into what Christmas means to them – and Quintasia and JACs provided further well received musical interludes.
A free buffet of baked potatoes was provided for over 100 people and a children’s party was also held. Refreshments were given by the RBL and the disco was hosted by Laura and Scott Johnstone. The Christmas Lucky Number Draw was won by Kathy and Vernon Findlay with £250 to spend in the village. Live music was played by Ameritz.