The spirit of Christmas in South Holland

In the queue for Santa's grotto at Weston Hills Primary School Christmas fair are Leon Harris, Harrison Smith and Lily and Alfie Bristow. SG021215-120TW
In the queue for Santa's grotto at Weston Hills Primary School Christmas fair are Leon Harris, Harrison Smith and Lily and Alfie Bristow. SG021215-120TW
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Young and old are really getting into the Christmas spirit as the big day draws ever closer.

Weston Hills Primary School hopes to raise around £1,000 from a Christmas fair organised jointly with the PTA.

All smiles at the over 60s Christmas party at Saracen's Head Village Hall. SG281115-165TW

All smiles at the over 60s Christmas party at Saracen's Head Village Hall. SG281115-165TW


Headteacher Jane Fitzgerald said pupils made decorations to sell, ran stalls and games, including a seasonal one involving throwing a bean bag down a chimney.


Mrs Fitzgerald said: “It was a fantastic event, lots of people came – parents and people from the local community. Santa’s grotto was very popular.”

Saracen’s Head Village Hall was packed for the over 60s Christmas party when guests enjoyed a fabulous meal and festive fare.

Sedge Estate Agents in Spalding had a visit from Santa Claus because the company is this year sponsoring the Rotary Club of South Holland’s sleigh that’s taking him around the district.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate pupils with their colourful Christmas boxes. SG181115-100TW

Gosberton Clough and Risegate pupils with their colourful Christmas boxes. SG181115-100TW


Sedge marketing manager Sarah Trude said the sponsorship was arranged through their director, Peter Coupland. “We are very keen to support the local community and children’s charities,” said Sarah.


Two lucky children – Oskar and Nela Gadza – were visiting the Sedge base in Double Street at the time and Santa dropped in and he very generously gave them presents.

Caring pupils from Gosberton Clough and Risegate Primary School were thinking of children less fortunate than themselves – and packing Christmas cheer into gift-filled boxes that will go abroad via the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Appeal.


The school collected just under 50 boxes, including some donated by Katie’s Childcare, of Gedney Dove End.

Santa at Sedge Estate Agents in Spalding. SG301115-100TW

Santa at Sedge Estate Agents in Spalding. SG301115-100TW

Headteacher Bev Rooney said the school has just 85 pupils – all from 50 families – and described her pupils’ efforts as “fantastic”.


She said: “They love doing this and helping other children. It’s very much about sharing and giving.”