Over 60’s Christmas Parties
“I was so pleased that it was possible this year to hold the over 60’s Christmas Parties in Queens Hall once again after missing out last year. These parties are held for those people who went on one or more of the council coach trips during the year.
As well as the meal there was a bingo session and raffle followed by entertainment from singer Ian Jordon. It was great to see so many people enjoying the evening and sharing a good time together after such a long period of Covid restrictions.
I would like to thank all of the council staff and volunteers for their hard work in planning and preparing the event and helping on the evening. Thanks also go to the many local businesses who donated raffle prizes.
Next year the council is planning five coach trips to Melton Mowbray, Hastings, Gt Yarmouth, Southend and Oxford so hopefully even more people can attend the parties next Christmas.”
Christmas Fayre and Lights Switch On
“On Saturday Halstead started its Christmas celebrations with the Christmas Fayre and lights switch on in the Public Gardens.
The Fayre included a full programme of entertainment throughout the day with both local and professional artists and entertainers. There were many stalls run by local organisations and traders selling food, drink and crafts.
St Andrews Church ran their annual Christmas Tree Festival which attracted many imaginative tree exhibits from local organisations and businesses as well as providing welcome refreshments. Santa was also in town during the day entertaining the children.
It was great to see so many people in the town and enjoying the events, despite the cold and windy weather.
Our sincere thanks go to Cllr. Linda Smith and her small team of volunteers who organised and managed the Christmas Fayre which gave so much pleasure to many people.
I’m so grateful to children from the three local Primary Schools who helped Santa with the switch on of the lights this year. Thanks also the Boxing Club for looking after the sleigh.
Joining us for the switch on were Henry from Holy Trinity School, Orla from Richard De Clare School and Eleanor from St Andrews School. After a short sleigh ride from the town centre to the Public Gardens, Santa and his three helpers switched on the lights to brighten up the town and launch the Christmas festivities.”
Cllr. Mick Radley
Mayor and Chairman of the Council