Festive fun across South Holland

Holbeach St Marks Primary 'School choir take part in a Christingle service at St Mark's Church in the village.

Holbeach St Marks Primary 'School choir take part in a Christingle service at St Mark's Church in the village.

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The Christmas season has received a warm welcome in South Holland with a host of festive events at schools, churches and community centres across the area.

Youngsters from Holbeach St Marks Primary School “sang their hearts out” in front of a packed crowd at St Mark’s Church for a Christingle service in the village led by the vicar of Sutton Bridge, Rev David Oxtoby.

Churchwarden Christine Pearl said: “The service was brilliant and we were very pleased to see the school choir who sang their hearts out.”

Donington youth group Flinders Founders held a children’s Christmas party at the village’s Royal British Legion Hall that included traditional party games, raffle, tombola and a children’s entertainer.

Flinders Founders secretary Margaret Wright said: “The party was lovely, mainly thanks to a generous grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate Your Space project which enabled us to buy some new decorations, bring in a face painter and an entertainer who organised some balloon and music games for the kids.”

Students from Peele Community College, Long Sutton, organised a Christmas craft fayre to raise money for three children’s charities, Whizz-Kidz, Make-A-Wish Foundation UK and When You Wish Upon A Star.

Parents, carers and businesses in the town were invited to the event and college lecturer Therasa Earl said: “We raised over £1,000 which was phenomenal.”