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.”