Neighbours become friends as Rugby streets transformed into 'living advent calendar' - The Rugby Observer

Neighbours become friends as Rugby streets transformed into 'living advent calendar'

Andy Morris 14th Dec, 2017   0

NEIGHBOURS have become good friends thanks to a community-spirited countdown to Christmas taking place on three Rugby streets.

Residents of Slade Road, Richmond Road and Boundary Road have turned their neighbourhood into a Living Advent Calendar.

Every evening throughout advent, a household invites neighbours to their front drive to reveal a festive window display, bringing the community together for a chat, mulled wine and a mince pie.

The idea came about on a sunny day in June during a street party, when over 80 neighbours enjoyed lunch on trestle tables.

Inspired by the Jo Cox Foundation, residents of the three streets shared their idea to bring people together over Christmas.

Eventually 23 households agreed to sign up and host their neighbours on their driveways or front paths before revealing their winter window display.

Co-organiser Donna Henry said she was proud and appreciative of all those who have taken part.

She said: “Having not attempted anything like this, there was no inkling if anyone would turn out to meet their neighbours on cold, dark evenings – but it’s been a success.

“Everyone taking part has enjoyed the experience. The children have enjoyed meeting up and playing together before their bedtime and the older residents have appreciated the chance to step out of their home and have a chat for a few minutes each day.

“It has brought the neighbourhood together in many ways. Neighbours are now becoming friends and enjoying getting to know one another.

“It has created a friendly atmosphere and a sense of belonging.”

Her neighbours agreed. Tricia said: “We’re building a network of neighbours we can now put faces to names and call upon if needed. The more we do this type of initiative the easier it becomes to make the neighbourhood an even better place. Henry (aged seven) has also said what nice memories it gives him. I love the fact he will take this into adulthood.”

Becky added: “It has been a lovely way to get into the true Christmas spirit and make new friends. The whole experience has really brought our community together.”

And Sharon said: “It’s been great seeing the young and old members of the street get together and build friendships. I would highly recommend it to any street considering giving it a go.”

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