A selection of events happened to come together this weekend to show how much goes on within the community and to make it a very special time in Worcester Park.
Friday night we had the annual Worcester Park Christmas Night organised by Worcester Park Traders Association. Having been the organiser of Cheam Charter Fair for the past few years I understand how much hard work is involved in an on-street event like this. This event was however much more complex so I was particularly impressed by what Worcester Park Traders Association achieved for our benefit. The kids seemed to be particularly impressed by the sight of Santa and a Gruffalo going up and down Central Road in an army jeep!
Saturday we had the Worcester Park Christmas Produce and Craft Market organised by EcoLocal on behalf of Sutton Council. It’s nice to see the stalls added to our usual array of shops at this regular event which should help to boost our shopping centre. As always with local shopping facilities – USE IT OR LOSE IT!
Saturday evening saw a new event in the Worcester Park calendar with the Hamptons Estate Company placing a Christmas tree on the hill in Mayflower Park and arranging a switching on ceremony for its lights. When we arrived there were carols being sung around the still-dark tree at the top of the hill, providing a unique atmosphere in the cold, still, but very clear evening with the Shard and other London landmarks visible, glowing in the distance. We then saw headlights coming up the hill towards us as the Mayor of Sutton, Worcester Park’s own Cllr Arthur Hookway, approached in the Mayoral car. He then spoke to the assembled crowd of adults and children before turning on the lights of the large Christmas tree, his red robes and tricorn hat adding to the theatre of the occasion. I wonder how far away our Christmas tree can be seen?
On Sunday the Worcester Park Royal British Legion provided a stage for children from Green Lane Primary and Nursery School to sing carols. A major change since I was a kid, and even when my sons were at school, is that the children were able to both sing AND sign the songs – at the same time! I was also impressed that the money collected for the school after the performance was matched by Worcester Park Royal British Legion; real community spirit.
Later on Sunday I made my annual trip to the 4th Worcester Park Scout Group for their Christmas ‘Scouts Own’. All my children went to the 4th (and one is still a helper) and I was Chair of their fund raising team for a while so I am no stranger to the Group and the excellent work it does for local youth. I estimate I have been going to the Christmas Scouts Own for about 25 years and it is now a part of our family’s Christmas ritual.
My thanks to the organisations that made all this possible, and particularly to those that give up their time to run things. If you have time to spare why not find a local organisation to join. You will not only help the community but are likely to make new, and possibly life long, friends.