Christmas joy set to arrive in Boroughbridge next month


Last updated Nov 21, 2020
Boroughbridge Lions Christmas sleigh
Santa's sleigh out and about in 2018.

A Boroughbridge pub has joined forces with the Boroughbridge Lions to set up a Santa’s grotto to bring some festive cheer to the town next month.

The Grantham Arms is hoping to set up an outdoor winter wonderland for local children on December, 20. The Boroughbridge Lions will be bringing along Santa and his sleigh to add to the Christmas spirit.

This year, The Grantham Arms and Boroughbridge Lions have missed out on income due to the pandemic.

The Lions are hoping the donations they earn from this this will give them a chance to earn vital funds to donate back to other local community efforts.

Simon Wade, owner of The Grantham Arms, is hopeful he will be able to reopen his doors next month to allow the event to go ahead. He has said all the necessary measures will be made to ensure the event is safe.

“There’s so many kid’s events being cancelled and we wanted to offer something for them. I got the Lions involved because it gives them a chance to earn some extra money and they do great things within the local area.

“I’m still hopeful we can open the first week of December but I don’t think it’ll be for long. It’s frustrating because how can we plan for anything? It is really challenging this time.”

The Grantham Arms at Christmas

The Grantham Arms has been decorated for Christmas.

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As well as this event, The Boroughbridge Lions are still planning to take Santa and his sleigh round the town and the local villages at the beginning of December.

This year will be different, the volunteers won’t be knocking on doors or carrying buckets as they need to limit contact.

Paul Bullivant, president of Boroughbridge Lions, said:

“We will miss out on a significant amount of money from this year’s sleigh so any money raised from the event at The Grantham will be grateful received. Providing it’s safe and within guidelines we will do whatever it takes to bring a little joy.”

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