Today would have been the Christmas Extravaganza but that is not happening this year.
Instead there was the St Helen’s Christmas Fair in the church
The Hand Bell ringers provided music. They are not doing as many gigs round care homes and fetes as usual this year, but they did St Michael’s Christmas Fair last week and were at St Helen’s this week.
Outside we had snow for a few minutes. Relations up north had a proper snow fall.
The Mother Christmases ran the raffle.
There was a place for refreshments and stalls in the riverside aisle, and books and jigsaws in the centre neare the alter. The Christmas Tree is already up and lit.
Looking out the back window this morning there was light snow on walls, and roofs.
Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council have sad that ‘Due to the current restrictions in place and the guidelines regarding social distancing we will not be carrying out the Christmas tree recycling event on the Market Place this year.‘
I have seen a few discarded trees. Some looking tatty. Others still look lush and green.
The Vale of White Horse District Council says ‘While our garden waste service – which normally collects real Christmas trees from customers for recycling – is currently suspended, all residents can still drop off real Christmas trees.’ They list some locations but I have not checked whether this is still going ahead given the lockdown. Somebody might know.
The District Council also has a list of support they can give businesses and residents during the lockdown.
The South and Vale Community Hub team will put people in contact with with community groups and volunteers that can provide support. The council also have some practical support available for eligible people facing financial hardship or homelessness. Financial support for business affected by the restrictions continues to become available from the government and is administered locally by the district councils.
Meanwhile the roll out of the vaccines is progressing. I will be taking my mum, who is in her eighties – the second top priority group, to get her first jab tomorrow. She has just been notified. People are being warned that it is free and anybody trying to charge you is likely to be a scam.