Spreading festive cheer - Santa’s on his long journey at last

Santa gets onboard. PNL-141217-150922001
Santa gets onboard. PNL-141217-150922001

Businesses have been spreading festive cheer by hosting Christmas themed events, putting on displays and donating to good causes.

Santa swapped his usual sleigh and reindeers to travel on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley.

TSB Bank in Bedford has donated �100 towards Christmas food at the MS Centre.

TSB Bank in Bedford has donated �100 towards Christmas food at the MS Centre.

The jolly bearded man and his elves were kept busy taking Christmas requests from excited children.

They were joined by a face painter and balloon modeller to keep everybody entertained during the journey through the heart of the Marston Vale.

The festive journey was arranged by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership in association with London Midland and supported by a team of 10 volunteers. All of the activities on-board were provided free of charge.

Marston Vale community rail partnership officer, Stephen Sleight, said, “The Santa Special was one of most successful Community Rail Partnership events to date with six busy trains, many local families taking the opportunity to travel on the Marston Vale Line for the first time and a truly festive atmosphere.”

Children got to colour cars at the Hilton Suzuki showroom in Capham.

Children got to colour cars at the Hilton Suzuki showroom in Capham.

>> Throughout the year Park Road Methodist Church regularly donates vegetables, meat and groceries to the King’s Arms Project for the homeless in Bedford.

Every Christmas the Black Cat Farm Shop at Roxton Garden Centre donate their unsold fruit and vegetables at midday on Christmas Eve.

The produce, together with other festive fare donated by churchgoers, is then delivered by members from Park Road Methodist Church.

It ensures that many people who might go without have good wholesome festive food.

Children got to colour cars at the Hilton Suzuki showroom in Capham.

Children got to colour cars at the Hilton Suzuki showroom in Capham.

>> A High Street funeral directors has created a snowy festive window display.

The Christmas scene at Shires Funeral Directors was put together by Sarah Ruffhead with the help of her family.

People can visit the branch to see the display and pay tribute to loved ones who have passed away this year.

>> Children got to break the rules and colour cars at a Suzuki showroom. Pupils from Ursula Taylor School were invited to the Hilton Suzuki showroom in Clapham for festive-themed colouring fun.

>> A bank has donated £100 towards a Christmas meal at the MS Therapy Centre Beds and Northants.

Bedford TSB branch manager Lesley Curtis said: “The MS Therapy Centre has built a purposely designed therapy centre where they provide therapy and support to over 1,000 members, with approximately 350 people attending weekly for advice or support. Our team were really excited to have donated the food for the MS Therapy Centre Christmas meal. It’s great to be able to support a local charity and one that helps so many people.”