22nd Jan, 2020

Thieves steal Santa sleigh 'magic' days before Stratford charity event

UNFESTIVE thieves have left elves seeking help to fix Santa’s sleigh in time for his annual rounds of the district.

Alcester and Stratford District Round Table organises an annual Santa sleigh run for some 40 years to raise money for local causes.

But members were dismayed to find the generator, used to power music and light on the sleigh, had been stolen days before it was due to set off.

They are hoping to raise money to buy a new one which will cost around £1,000.

Member Paul Jackson said: “We’re hoping to get one this weekend but it’s not an ideal time. It’s not an expense we were prepared for. We’re looking at £1,000 for a decent one but the more expensive it is, the less we can put back into the local community.

“We want to be able to keep spreading Christmas cheer but without the lights and music it would be very poor.”

Thanks to donations from the community, which gathers to enjoy the festive spectacle, the two-week event raises around £6,000 every year.

Visit www.paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/3234270 to donate to a new generator.

The Santa runs start this year in Bidford on Saturday December 7 and will make its way around the district until December 20.

Santa is set to visit the following areas:

Saturday December 7 from 4.30pm

Bidford – Longford Close, Grafton Lane, Hill View Road, Wessons Road, The Leys, Jubilee Close, Marleigh Road, Crompton Avenue, St. Laurence Way, The Poplars, Ebsdorf Close, Wadleys Close, Lambourne Close, Pippin Close, Bramley Way, Wilkes Way, Blenheim Close, Court Way, Orchard Close.

December 8 from 4.30pm

Welford – Binton Road, Quineys Ley’s, Willow Bank, High Street, Millers Close, Chapel Street, Fraser Way, Chapel Close, Barton Road, Headland Road, Headland Close, Headland Rise, Blundells Croft, Church Street, Barton Fields, Barton Meadow, Badgers Close, Orchard Close, Samantha Close.

December 9 from 6.15pm

Meon Vale – Chatham Rd, Gundorf Rd, Camberley Rd, Ubique Av, Sapper Cl, Madras Rd, Rochester Cl, Rideau Rd, Bicester Rd, Albert Cl, Western Heights Rd, Abney Rd, Revelin Cl, Sharry lane, Mcbeth road, Hillfort road.

December 10 from 6.15pm

Alcester – Seggs Lane, Augustus Dr, Cross Rd, Sherwell Drive, Roman Way, Hadrian’s Walk, Stratford Road, Corinthian Court, Gas House Lane, Chestnut Court, Evesham Street, Newport Dr, Birch Abbey, Boteler Close, Chantry Crescent, Willow Close, Bleachfield Street, Flax Close.

December 11 from 6.15pm

Alcester – Greville Road, Abbey Cl, Roebuck Park, Birmingham Rd from Island back into town via Eclipse Road, Jephcott Close, Allwoods Close, Ragley Mill Lane, Icknield Row, Station Road, (excl Priory Rd)

December 12 from 6.15pm

Alcester – 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 December 13 from 6.15pm

Alcester: Henley Street, Church Street, Meeting Lane, Moorfields, Moorfields Road, Rope Walk, School Rd, Priory Road, High Street & High Street Pubs.

December 14 from 4.30pm

Alcester – Crooks Lane, Beacon Cl, Chapman Way, St Nicholas Cl, Hertford Rd, Alauna Ave, Beauchamp Road, Avon Crescent, Arrow Crescent, Smiths Way, Kingley Ave, Castle Rd, Gunnings Rd, St. Faiths Rd, Vallet Ave, Hawthorn Close, Blackthorn Way, Springfields Rd, Kingfisher Way, Plover Close, Meadow Rd,

December 15 from 4.30pm

Alcester – Captains Hill, Throckmorton Road, Ten Acres, Fields Park Drive, Alne Bank Rd, Collins Way, Fairwater Cres, Alcocks Rd, Weatheroak Rd, Riverside, Haselor Close, Wharrage Rd, Gerard Rd, Riddell Close, St. Saint Mary’s Rd, Winchcombe Rd, Barlichway

December 16 from 6.15pm

Studley – St Jude’s Ave, Augustine Ave, Corbizum Ave, St Asaphs Ave, St Martin’s Ave, St Agnes Close, St Chad’s Road, Eldorado close

December 17 from 6.15pm

Studley – Highfield Road, Lansdowne Road, Stapleton Road, Badbury close, Bromsgrove Road (part), Littlewood Green, Allendale Ave, Allendale Cres, The Grove, Crooks Lane, Fosters Ave, Station Road (part).

December 18 from 6.15pm

Oversley Green – Elm Drive, Poplar Close, Beech Close, Stratford Road, Mill Lane, Primrose Lane

Thursday December 19 from 6.15pm

Quinton – Main Road, Thackeray Close, Stileman Close, The Fordway, Poland Avenue, Turnpike Drive, Park Lane, The Orchard, Goose Lane, The Close.

Friday December 20 from 6.15pm

Bidford – Victoria Road, Steppes Piece, Burnell Close, Paddock Close, Dugdale Avenue, Drayton Close, Queensway, The Meadows, Scott Close, Old School Mead, High street, Chapel Lane, Saxonfields, The Bulls Head Pub.

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