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Christmas at Bicker, Gedney Drove End, Holbeach, Holbeach St Marks, Long Sutton and Weston Hills!

Christmas is being celebrated all over South Holland.

Weston Hills Primary School has a big cash present after its Christmas fair raised more than £850. School administrator Julie Smith said: "Our Christmas fair was a huge success thanks to many weeks of preparation by the Friends of Weston Hills School and their hard work making sure it all ran smoothly on the day.

"It was lovely to see so many people in school, enjoying all the activities, buying raffle tickets and Christmas gifts, as well assampling the cakes and hot dogs. There were some gorgeous crafts for sale and the children and staff had great fun running their own stalls.

"We raised a very impressive £860 which will be used towards purchasing vital school resources. We would like to thank everyone who helped and supported us.

Pupils from Holbeach St Marks CE Primary School and Gedney Drove End Primary School, both members of the Griffin Federation, celebrated together at Holbeach St Marks church for their annual Christingle service.Executive head teacher Karyn Wiles said: “It’s always fantastic to see the church full with children, parents and staff for this magical, festive service.”

The Holbeach St Marks youngsters then entertained Holbeach Hospital residents by performing songs from the Christingle service.The day was organised in conjunction with Bakkavor and Ian Williams, from the company, said, “It was fantastic to bring the age generations together and show true community spirit.” The children were thanked by Bakkavor with festive treats of selection boxes.

Long Sutton Parish Council organised a Christmas event in the market place, with fair rides, artisan stalls, a tree blessing and light switch on.

Within St Mary's church, the children visited Santa and recieved a free gift. Ruby's and Diamonds teamed up with Long Sutton Photography Group (all photos by Angela Reeve), for a Frozen themed Photobooth and Ruby's and Diamonds also supplied face painting, balloons, character mascots, princesses and all photobooth scene setting.

The children of Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years entertained family and friends with their annual Nativity and pantomime productions.

Foundation Stage children enacted the story of ‘Jesus’ Birthday Party’ and the Upper School children saved the day by rescuing the real Santa in their version of‘Christmas is Forever’.

Collections for the NSPCC following each of the performances amounted to £550 which included money raised from a ‘wear green for Buddy’ day. The overall total will increase further once Gift Aid is calculated.

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