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Santa Visits Beechdale

Last year we managed to add an additional route to our schedule to visit Beechdale. Despite the really awful weather we had the most fantastic welcome, so we were looking forward to coming again this year. We’d had our fingers crossed for dry weather, and we mostly got it – a massively more pleasant night than last year for everyone.

We were greeted at the start by a great crowd of people, and by large groups around the route. Our Santa-Nav unexpectedly stopped mid-way (we didn’t realise) so sorry for anyone using it. The large numbers meant we were quite late getting towards the last couple of streets, but there were still lots of happy smiling children waiting to see Santa.

Santa in Beechdale

The welcome we received was absolutely magnificent, and it was a pleasure to be there again.

On the night we had over 150 letters to deliver – a small number are still with us and we will do our best to get these posted out to arrive before Christmas. We raised a total of £220.80 on the night, which was absolutely superb. Our masive thanks to everyone who came out to support us. It means our total for our seven nights was just over £2,000 and slightly up on last year.

We’re keen to find projects locally which we can use some of the money raised towards – if you have any ideas or thoughts please share them with us. In the past, we’ve provided sports equipment for local groups, planters in the high street, benches, and even funded the production of a CD for local choir. There’s lots we can do if only we know about it.

So that’s it for us for 2014. It was, as always, one of the highlights of our year.

We hope we made Christmas special for you all, and we want you to know you made it special for us too.

Santa Visits Lower Farm

Santa with some of his helpersOur sixth route for 2014 was Lower Farm on Tuesday 16 December. We had a lot of very welcome support, with helpers including Emma & Maisie, councillor Julie Fitzpatrick and our ex-members Richard and Stefan.

Sadly, despite changing the week and night, our visit still coincided with a local school event, so we may have missed some people who were attending this (though we seemed to catch a lot of you as you left!). We do our best to avoid this kind of clash, but unfortunately at the time we planned and scheduled our routes, the local schools were unable to confirm event dates. We had some moderate rain on the later part of the route, but not enough to dampen any spirits – Santa would like to thank those who kindly offered umbrellas!

It was another dry night for us and we collected a great total of £216.53 on the night, our biggest total on this route yet, so big thanks to everyone who supported us. We hope you enjoyed seeing Santa on his visit.

Our final route will be Beechdale tomorrow Wednesday 17 December, where we start at the usual time of 6:30pm from Stephenson Avenue. If you’re in the area please come and see us.

Whilst we travelled it was possible to track us online here, and this service will be active for our other routes too. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of time you might otherwise spend outside in the cold.

If you’ve requested a letter from Santa for our upcoming routes, please let one of our collectors know as we pass and we’ll make sure we get your letter(s) to their intended recipients.

Annual Postcard Competition: Year 5-6

The design below is the 2014 winner of our Annual Postcard Design competition in the Year 5 & 6 category. It was drawn by Matylda Dobosz of Goldsmith Primary Academy. She wins £25 of retail vouchers with her school receiving a prize of £50. We also print some high-quality Christmas cards for each winner, which are presented along with the prize.

Year 5-6 Winner

Each year we advertise our Santa Sleigh evenings by hand-delivered postcards to all houses on the routes. On the postcards we distribute you may have noticed we feature the winning designs of our Annual Postcard Design competition for the previous year. Our postcards in 2015 will feature this design, and the winner of the Year 3-4 category posted separately.

Annual Postcard Competition: Year 3-4

Year 3-4 Winner

Each year we advertise our Santa Sleigh evenings by hand-delivered postcards to all houses on the routes. On the postcards we distribute you may have noticed we have two drawings – these are the winners of our Annual Postcard Design competition for the previous year. Our postcards in 2015 will feature the designs selected from entries made in our 2014 competition.

We have two age groups, school years 3-4 and school years 5-6. The design above is the 2014 winner in the Year 3 & 4 category. It was drawn by Emmie Walker-Jones of Elmore Green Primary School. She wins £25 of retail vouchers with her school receiving a prize of £50. We also print some high-quality Christmas cards for each winner, which are presented along with the prize.

Santa Visits Turnberry

Turnberry Satellite Route

Our fifth route for 2014 was Turnberry, our longest route of the season. We had Richard taking on Rudolph duties again, and Stefan once again volunteering for collecting duties, supplementing our members who took part.

We were able to cover the route as planned and finish pretty much on time too. The rain stayed away, though it was very cold, and a little icy underfoot, but it didn’t seem to prevent people coming out to see us, and Santa was kept busy talking to lots of children, and answering their questions. In the past Turnberry has always been our largest collection of our trips, but this year that’s not the case. We collected £385.27 which is still very impressive, but not as much as we managed on Mossley last weekend. Santa would like to thank everyone for the lovely mince pies! On the way around we delivered another 50 letters to people who’d requested them. As usual, our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who supported us. We hope you enjoyed seeing Santa on his visit.

Our next route is Lower Farm on Tuesday 16 December.

Santa visits Dudley Fields

Santa's youngest helper

As usual we reached the halfway point in our Santa trail of Bloxwich with our fourth route for the season, in Dudley Fields. We had some very welcome volunteers again, including Carnival Queen Lucy and her mom Louise, and our wonderful ex-member Stefan (who has helped on every route so far).

The night was once again dry for us, welcome given the wet weather of the last couple of days, and lots of children (and adults) came out to see Santa as we made our way around. We collected an excellent £347.50 on the night, so a massive thank you to everyone who supported us. We hope you enjoyed seeing Santa on his visit.

Our next route will be Turnberry tomorrow night, Saturday 13 December, where we start at 4:30pm from the One Man and his Dog carpark. If you’re in the area please come and see us.

Our online tracking will be available here, and it’s a great way to reduce the amount of time you might otherwise spend outside in the cold.

If you’ve requested a letter from Santa for one of our remaining two routes please let one of our collectors know as we pass and we’ll make sure we get your letter(s) to their intended recipients. We delivered a further 60 or so letters on this route, taking our total for the year so far to over 350 letters delivered.

Santa Visits Pelsall

Santa in Pelsall

Our third route for 2014 was the one taking in the edge of Pelsall. The weather was damp, with intermittent rain, and many of our visitors wisely chose umbrellas. A big thank you to our volunteers as always – tonight we had driver Richard (an ex-member who is driving on five of our seven nights) and Pete who came along to help collect. It’s such a big help, and we’re always happy to have it!

As usual, particularly on the latter part of the route, there were loads of children out which was fantastic for Santa, and we’re so glad you were all able to join in the fun.

A total of £172.71 was collected on the night. A big thank you to everyone who donated and helped us reach our total. We also delivered around a further 50 letters, and met with loads of people for some excellent photographs.

Our next route will be Dudley Fields, on Friday 12 December, where we start at 6:30pm from Sneyd Hall Road. If you’re in the area please come and see us.

Whilst we travelled it was possible to track us online here, and this service will be active for our other routes too. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of time you might otherwise spend outside in the cold!

Santa Visits Mossley

Santa Sat NavFor our second night out on our 2014 tour around the streets of Bloxwich, we were visiting Mossley. We had some extra volunteers tonight with the scouts (four scouts and three leaders) and the Bloxwich Carnival Queen Lucy and her mum coming to add to our small team. It was a big help, so thank you all!

We managed to collect a total of £428.86, less than £5 short of last years record-breaking total for this route. A big thank you to everyone who donated to us, it really is very much appreciated.

We also delivered over 120 personalised letters from Santa on our travels, which elicited big smiles from the recipients, and helps to make our visit just that little bit more special for us all. This is half as many again as last year, so if we missed you, please bear with us. A couple of requests also came in very late (including some received while we were out collecting). We’ll be sending out letters to the few we missed very shortly, but if you have any questions remember you can always contact us.

Our next route will be Pelsall on Tuesday 9 December, where we start at 6:30pm from Millers Walk. If you’re in the area please come and see us.

Whilst we travelled it was possible to track us online here, and this service will be active for our other routes too. It’s a great way to reduce the amount of time you might otherwise spend outside in the cold.

Santa Visits Blakenall

Santa in Blakenall

Our 2014 street visits began with our visit to Blakenall. The weather was cold, but dry, which was an improvement over much of the few hours before we started when there was a light rain. We had some very welcome volunteers for this route, with councillors Sean & Julie Fitzpatrick helping out, and one of our ex-members Stefan also along for the evening.

Lots of people came out to see us, and it was great to see you all. We raised £297.93 – our biggest ever total on this route! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us. We had over 70 letters from Santa to deliver on the route, and a small number were uncollected; we will try to get these to their correct destinations, but if you’re missing one and worried about it, please let us know.

Santa Sleigh: 2014 Flyer Launched

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our 2014 Santa Sleigh flyer. The A5 cards are due to be distributed to houses on the seven routes we have planned.

2014 Flyer Image 1

The two images on the card were winners in our poster competition last Christmas. The one above is by Nicole Capalbo, then aged 11, and a student at the Mirus Academy; the other side has the winner in the younger age group, also of Mirus Academy, Callum Withers, then aged 8.

The Other Side!

The postcard can be folded to leave either image displayed. The cards contain full route details, and some information on the visits. You can view and/or download a copy here. We hope you like them!

Formula 1 2014

2013 F1 Competition

Our 2014 F1 competition's final positions are here.