CORONAVIRUS will not stop Santa from doing his rounds in Stratford district this year.
Fund-raising organisation Alcester and Stratford District Round Table will be accompanying the jolly man once again around town and villages in the district.
The festive tour will be running from December 5 in Bidford and running for two weeks.
The team has organised an annual Santa sleigh run for the past 40 years to raise money for local causes. And, although it will look a little different, this year is no exception. There will be fewer members on each route, and the team is unable to stop, knock on doors and hand-out chocolate. However, there will be an elf with a collection bucket for donations, as well as an online donation page.
Like many charities, the group has missed out on their other annual fund-raisers this year including the Pig Roast, Beer Festival or pork bap stall at Alcester’s St. Nicholas Night, meaning no money has been raised at all this year.
By contrast, the sleigh last year raised £6,575 which was distributed in January.
Chief elf Jeremy Harris said: “After having to cancel all our other fundraising events in this terrible year we couldn’t let 2020 end without touring with Santa and his sleigh. Although we need to do things differently this year, we’ll still be bringing some Christmas cheer with Santa dancing on his sleigh to festive tunes.”
Search Alcester and Stratford District Round Table on Facebook for information and updates.
Visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/alcestersanta2020 to donate online.
The routes –
Saturday 5, 4.30pm
Bidford: Longford Close, Grafton Lane, Hill View Road, The Leys, Wessons Road, Jubilee Close, Crompton Avenue, Marleigh Road, The Poplars, St. Laurence Way, Ebsdorf Close, Wadleys Close, Pippin Close, Lambourne Close, Bramley Way, Wilkes Way, Blenheim Close, Court Way, Orchard Close.
Sunday 6, 4.30pm
Welford: Quineys Ley’s, Binton Road, Willow Bank, Church Street, Headland Road, Blundells Croft,
Headland Rise, Headland Close, Barton Road, Barton Fields, Barton Meadow, Badgers Close, Samantha Close, Orchard Close, Chapel Street, Chapel Close, Millers Close, Fraser Way, High Street.
Monday 7, 6.15pm
Meon Vale – Chatham Road, Gundorf Road, Camberley Road, Ubique Avenue, Sapper Close, Madras Road, Rochester Close, Rideau Road, Bicester Road, Albert Close, Western Heights Road, Abney Road, Revelin Close, Sharry Lane, Mcbeth Road, Hillfort Road.
Tuesday 8, 6.15pm
Alcester: (Seggs Lane) Augustus Drive, Cross Road, Sherwell Drive, Roman Way, Hadrian’s Walk,
Stratford Road, Corinthian Court, Gas House Lane, Chestnut Court, Evesham Street, Newport Drive, Birch Abbey, Boteler Close, Chantry Crescent, Willow Close, Bleachfield Street, Flax Close.
Wednesday 9 – 6.15pm
Alcester: (Birmingham Road) Greville Road, Abbey Close, Roebuck Park, Birmingham Road from Island back into town via Eclipse Road, Jephcott Close, Allwoods Close, Ragley Mill Lane, Icknield Row, Station Road, (excl Priory Road).
Thursday 10 – 6.15pm
Alcester: (Redrow and Seymour Road) Glebe Road, Boehm Drive, Kinwarton Close, Fishers Road, Wakefields Way, Kinnersley Road, Kinwarton Farm Road, Seymour Road, Wain Close, Fenwick Close, Horton Close, Rufford Close, Devonish Close, Purton Close.
Friday 11, 6.15pm
Alcester: High Street, Henley Street, Meeting Lane, School Road, Moorfields, Moorfields Road, Rope Walk, Priory Road, High Street.
Saturday 12, 4.30pm
Alcester: (Conway Estate) Crooks Lane, Beacon Close, Chapman Way, St Nicholas Close, Hertford Road, Beauchamp Road, Alauna Avenue, St. Faiths Road, Gunnings Road, Vallet Avenue, Castle Road, Arrow
Crescent, Avon Crescent, Smiths Way, Kingley Avenue, Meadow Road, Springfields Road, Kingfisher Way, Plover Close, Heron Close, Aspen Close, Blackthorn Way, Hawthorn Close.
Sunday 13, 4.30pm
Alcester (Throckmorton) Captains Hill, Throckmorton Road, Ten Acres, Fields Park Drive, Alne Bank Road, Collins Way, Fairwater Crescent, Alcocks Road, Weatheroak Road, Riverside, Haselor Close, Wharrage Road, Gerard Road, Riddell Close, St. Saint Mary’s Road, Winchcombe Road, Barlichway.
Monday 14, 6.15pm
Studley: (North) St Jude’s Avenue, Augustine Avenue, Corbizum Avenue, St Asaphs Avenue, St Martin’s Avenue, St Agnes Close, St Chad’s Road, Eldorado Close, Archer Close, Monks Drive.
Tuesday 15, 6.15pm
Studley: (South) Station Road (part), Highfield Road, Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne Crescent, Hamilton Drive., Stapleton Road, Badbury close, Bromsgrove Road (part), The Grove, Littlewood Green, Lords Lane, Crooks Lane, Fosters Avenue, Allendale Avenue, Allendale Crescent, Allendale Court, Allendale Close, Toms Town Lane, The Newlands.
Wednesday 16, 6.15pm
Oversley Green: Elm Drive, Poplar Close, Beech Close, Stratford Road, Mill Lane, Primrose Lane.
Thursday 17, 6.15pm
Lower Quinton: Thackeray Close, Stileman Close, Main Road (part), Bastyan Avenue, Park Lane, Turnpike Drive, The Fordway, Poland Avenue, The Orchard, Goose Lane, The Close.
Friday 18, 6.15pm
Bidford: Victoria Road, Steppes Piece, Burnell Close, Stepping Stones, Paddock Close, Dugdale Avenue, Drayton Close, Queensway, Scott Close, The Meadows, Old School Mead, High Street, Chapel Close, Saxonfields, The Bank.