Festive round-up: Santa's grotto, remembrance services, fayres, fundraisers and more - The Rugby Observer

Festive round-up: Santa's grotto, remembrance services, fayres, fundraisers and more

Andy Morris 30th Nov, 2017   0

FATHER Christmas is inviting children to come and see him at his magical town centre grotto next month.

The grotto, based in St Andrew’s Church, is being backed by Rugby First and the Rotary Clubs of Rugby to help raise valuable funds for local charities and encourage people to visit the town centre.

There will be a be a small charge to meet Santa, with all proceeds going to support Admiral Nurses, which supports families living with Dementia, and Meningitis Now, which funds research, raises awareness and offers support.

Rugby First managing director Aftab Gaffar said: “We are delighted to support the grotto as it brings hundreds of people into the town centre and at the same time raises valuable funds for local charities.




“Customer feedback last year was excellent, many commenting on value for money and the quality of the experience, compared to that of the bigger shopping centres. It’s also a great way for visitors to make savings in time and fuel and feel good about supporting their local town centre.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank St Andrew’s Church for hosting the event, the Rotary Clubs of Rugby for their help and support in delivering it, the Rugby First Rangers for building the grotto and the business community without whose help the grotto would not be possible.”


The grotto will be open on every Saturday in December from 10am-4pm (except December 9: 10am to 12pm), as well as Tuesday December 19, Wednesday December 20 and Friday December 22.

All children will receive a present. Visit www.therugbytown.co.uk for more information.

A CHILDREN’S Christmas Service of Remembrance takes place on Saturday (December 2) at Rugby’s Whinfield Cemetery.

The service, organised by Rugby Borough Council’s bereavement services team, starts at 10.30am at the cemetery’s Clover Leaf Memorial Garden.

Rainsbrook Crematorium holds a Christmas Service of Remembrance on Wednesday December 6.

The service starts at 6pm in the crematorium’s Avon Ceremony Room.

All are welcome at both services.

Contact the council’s bereavement services team on (01788) 533715 or at [email protected] for more information.

CHRISTMAS presents and mince pies will be on offer at Age UK Warwickshire’s Christmas Fayre at the Claremont Centre.

Craft items, café produce, bric-a-brac, jigsaws, a tombola and more will be available throughout the fayre, which takes place on Wednesday (December 6).

The event is part of Age UK Warwickshire’s ongoing campaign ‘No One Should Have No One’, which is helping tackle elderly people’s loneliness, particularly over the festive season.

Centre manager Kathy Young said: “The Christmas Fayre will provide a great day out for people of all ages to come together and have some real festive fun. Whether you’re looking for Christmas presents, mince pies, or simply a good time, come along and help us raise money for our important cause.”

She added the charity was holding a number of events this Christmas at The Claremont Centre which are open to visitors, including bell ringers, Christmas dinners and handbag sales.

The fayre takes place at the Claremont Centre’s Betts Hall from 1-4pm on Wednesday (December 6).

Visit www.ageuk.org.uk/warwickshire or call 01788 513171 for more information.

A FUND-RAISING phenomenon is back for Christmas, having raised around £300,000 in its 25-year history.

Rugby Christmas Cracker is back to host a local radio station and fundraising cafe for a 26th year.

The project gives young people an opportunity to learn new skills in catering and radio broadcasting while supporting some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world.

This year, Rugby Cracker’s café – the Crackerteria – will serve homemade food including soup, cakes, pizza and baguettes from 10am-6pm, Monday to Saturday from a unit in Rugby Central, formerly the Clock Towers Shopping Centre. In the evenings, visitors can book tables for a five-course festive meal.

The radio station will be broadcast on the internet at www.rugbycracker.org.uk throughout December.

Tables at the Crackerteria can be booked by contacting Katie at [email protected] or on 07757562504.

All the profits go to support people working and living in the poorest slums in Bangalore, India

A MAGICAL fairy tale takes centre stage at Lawrence Sheriff School’s Christmas Fair on Saturday (December 2).

Cellist, baritone and actor Matthew Sharp from Wheels on Debussy will perform his one-man musical story The Snow Queen and Other Stories.

The performance takes place at 11am at the school. Tickets cost £6 on the door.

After the performance, the fair will continue with food, hot drinks, gift stalls and a soundtrack by The LSS Jazz Band from 12-3pm. Entry is free.

BRINKLOW’S Christmas Market takes place on Saturday (December 2) and Sunday (December 3) from 2-5pm.

Stalls will line Broad Street and a Scarecrow Nativity Scene will take pride of place outside St John’s Church.

Visitors can see Father Christmas, enjoy warming winter foods and buy presents from craft stalls.

The village’s Christmas lights will be switched on at 4pm on Saturday, followed by carol singing around the Christmas tree.

A FOREST of Christmas trees has sprung up inside a Rugby church.

St Botolph’s Church in Newbold is kicking off its fourteenth annual Christmas Tree Festival with a concert on Friday (December 1).

Congregation members have filled the church with festive pines and decorated them to a theme.

Visitors can walk among the trees on December 2, 3, 9 and 10 from 1-5pm.

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