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Father Christmas adds new routes to biggest ever sleigh tour of Rugby

Andy Morris 16th Nov, 2017   0

SANTA is coming to more of the town as he announced some new routes for his sleigh tour this year.

Father Christmas will add Boughton Vale, Brownsover, Cawston, Coton Park and Long Lawford to his usual itinerary of streets and shopping centres next month.

He will be joined by his elves, Rudolph the Reindeer, and helpers from Rugby Rokeby Lions Club (RRLC) – who raised over £12,000 for local charities on last year’s tour.

RRLC president John Nelson said: “I was delighted to get a call from Mr Claus confirming he was coming to Rugby and asking us to help out again.




“Every year he helps us raise thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes, and the people of Rugby have a tradition of giving during the tour.

“Last year saw us break the Christmas sleigh fundraising record and we are aiming to try and top that this time around, with some new routes for Santa and some extra appearances during the month at our shopping centres. This includes at the expanding Elliott’s Field which, after last year’s success, is now a permanent part of Santa’s itinerary.”


This year’s collection will also be a chance to give old ’round pounds’ to a worthwhile cause. Although no longer legal tender, RRLC can still bank them in the club’s charity account.

The Christmas Sleigh tour starts on Friday December 1 and continues until Christmas Eve (Sunday December 24). See the itinerary below.

Friday December 1

9.30am-4pm: Asda, Town Centre

6-8pm: Long Lawford tour (Badger’s Close, Chapel Street, St John’s Lane, Cross Street, Round Avenue, Boyce Way, Ashman Avenue, Prentice Close, Holbrook Road, Elizabeth Way, Townsend Lane, School Street, Bailey’s Lane, Railway Street, Main Street, West Street)

Saturday December 2

9.30am-4pm: Asda, Town Centre

5-8pm: Painter’s Estate tour (Lower Street, Mellor Road, Browning Road, Myers Road, Packwood Avenue, Constable Road, Gainsborough Crescent, Brindley Road, Pine Grove, School Street, Wesley Road, Roper Close, Fenwick Drive, Moat Farm Drive, Vale Close, Barley Close, High Street, Bucknill Crescent, Chamberlain Road, Watts Lane)

Sunday December 3

9.30am-4pm: Asda, Town Centre

Monday December 4

6-8pm: Newbold tour (to be confirmed)

Tuesday December 5

6-8pm: Boughton Vale tour (Campion Way, Mallow Way, Cornflower Drive, Sorrell Drive, Larkspur, Maidenhair Drive, Gentian Way, Staveley Way)

Wednesday December 6

6-8pm: Wood Street area tour (Drovers Court, Railway Terrace, Manor Road, Alexandra Road, King Edward Road, Wood Street, Lodge Road, Park Road, Holbrook Avenue, Lancaster Road, Sycamore Grove, Acacia Grove, Maple Grove, Poplar Grove)

Thursday December 7

6-8pm: Bridget Street area tour (Bridget Street, Rowland Street, Stephen Street, Bennett Street, Victoria Street, Lawford Road, Campbell Street, Avenue Road, Pinfold Street, Jubilee Street, Gladstone Street)

Friday December 8

9.30am-4pm: Tesco, Leicester Road

6-8pm: Paddox tour part 1 (Fisher Avenue, Vernon Avenue, St John’s Avenue, Fareham Avenue, Charter Road, Heath Way, Ashlawn Road, Percival Road, Sidney Road)

Saturday December 9

9.30am-4pm: Rugby Central Shopping Centre (was Clock Towers)

5-8pm: Woodlands tour (Fighting Cocks pub, Capulet Close, Cordelia Way, Falstaff Drive, Wolsey Road, Cymbeline Way, Juliet Drive, Montague Road, Bawnmore Road, Edyvean Close, Plantaganet Drive)

Sunday December 10

9.30am-4pm: Rugby Central Shopping Centre (was Clock Towers)

Monday December 11

6-8pm: Cawston tour (to be confirmed)

Tuesday December 12

6-8pm: Oxford Street area tour (Oxford Street, Abbey Street, Cambridge Street, Clifton Road, Claremont Road, Craven Road, Grosvenor Road)

Wednesday December 13

6-8pm: Paddox tour part 2 (Malvern Avenue, Catesby Road, Hillmorton Road, Percival Road, Warren Road, Sidney Road, Stanley Road, Tennant Close, Westgate Road, Lower Hillmorton Road, Hart Close, Boundary Road)

Thursday December 14

6-8pm: Eastlands tour (Eastlands Road, Lawrence Road, Sherriff Road, Portland Road, Lansdowne Place, Eastlands Place, Winfield Street, South Street, Clifton Road, Butlin Road, Townsend Road)

Friday December 15

9.30am-4pm: Elliott’s Field Shopping Centre

6-8pm: Admirals Estate tour part 1 (Crow Pie, May Lane, Collingwood Avenue, Blackwood Avenue, Evans Road, Frobisher Road, Anson Close, Freemantle Road, Keyes Drive, Wilson Close, Madden Place, Kennedy Drive, Dreyer Close, Cornwallis Road, Lestock Close, Cowan Close, Frobisher Road, Cunningham Way, Blake Close, Hardy Close)

Saturday December 16

9.30am-4pm: Tesco, Leicester Road

5-6.30pm: Stretton tour (Meadow Close, Fosse Way, Brookside, Manor Drive, Plott Lane, Squires Road, Roberts Close, School Lane, Hill Crescent, Croft Close)

6.30-8pm: Wolston tour (Brook Street, Warwick Road, John Simpson Close, Chestnut Grove, Warwick Road, Manor Estate, Main Street, Meadow Road, Priory Road)

Sunday December 17

9.30am-4pm: Tesco, Leicester Road

Monday December 18

6-8pm: Coton Park (Travelodge/Aldi Carpark, Bryant Road, Coton Park Drive, Stonechat Road, Longstork Road, Crackthorne Drive, Sandpiper Close, Field Fare Close, Turnstone Close, Keswick Drive)

Tuesday December 19

6-8pm: Shakespeare Gardens tour (Shakespeare Gardens, Everest Road, Hillary Road, Ratliffe Road, Wordsworth Road, Macaulay Road, Southey, Macaulay Road, Rupert Brooke Road, Tennyson Avenue)

Wednesday December 20

6-8pm: Admirals Estate tour part 2 (The Bear, Mulberry Road, Apple Close, Larch Close, Lilac Drive, Elder Close, Walnut Way, Laurel Drive, Wychelm Close, Bilton Lane, Hawthorn Way, Rowan Drive, Acorn Drive, Lawford Lane, Berry Banks, Pear Tree Way)

Thursday December 21

6-8pm: Abbots Farm tour (Abbotts Way, Linnell Road, Morson Crescent, Loverock Crescent, McKinnell Crescent, Fleet Crescent, Kingsley Avenue, Millfields Avenue, Vere Road)

Friday December 22

9.30am-4pm: Sainsbury’s, Dunchurch Road

6-8pm: Overslade tour (Buchanan Road, Wentworth Road, Saunton Road, Mellish Road, Elmore Road, Bracken Drive, Ferndown Road, Hudson Road, Marlborough Road, Lytham Road, St Anne’s Road)

Saturday December 23

9.30am-4pm: Elliott’s Field Shopping Centre

5-8pm: Brownsover tour (Hawlands, Foxon’s Barn Road, Grasmere, Buttermere, Ambleside, Helvellyn Way, Dunnerdale, Millbeck, Hollowell Way, Stonehills, Crowthorns)

Sunday December 24

9.30am-4pm: Sainsbury’s, Dunchurch Road

5-8pm: Rokeby and Hillside (The Griffin, Montrose Road, Belmont Road, Anderson Avenue, Rosewood Avenue, Charlesfield Avenue, St George’s Avenue, Rosewood Avenue, St Andrew’s Crescent, Charlesfield Road, Long Furlong, Orson Leys, Norton Leys, Dickens Road, Chaucer Road, Badby Leys, Fawlsey Leys, Goldsmith Avenue, Dunchurch Road)

Visit www.rugbyrokebylions.org.uk for the full, up-to-date itinerary.

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