Thorngumbald Christmas Tree lights trail switch on

THORNGUMBALD residents have organised their own Christmas Tree lights trail. 

Organised in a similar way to the summer scarecrow festival, residents are decorating trees in their gardens and a map will be produced showing the location of each. Some 140 trees across the village will be lit up at a big ‘switch on’ as the St Mary's Church bell chimes on Saturday, December 5 at 6pm. 

The Christmas Tree lights trail will cover the weekends up to Christmas although they will be on show throughout December for all to see. There will be a competitive element with awards for the best trees. Location maps will be sold at outlets across the village raising money for the Thorngumbald Preschool which is a registered charity.  

Prior to the switch-on, volunteers at St Mary’s Church will be handing out specially-prepared Christingle kits for the children to take home and make from 4.30pm to 6pm on the Saturday. The church will be playing piped festive music bringing a real Christmas atmosphere to the proceedings.



Withernsea Christmas lights switched on

CHRISTMAS arrived in Withernsea last week as the town’s festive lights were officially switched on.

The Gazette reported in October how it was agreed at a Withernsea Tourism and Christmas Lights committee meeting that this year’s Christmas Lights Switch-on event would not be held due to COVID-19 restrictions.

However, it was revealed the lights and decorations would be installed and switched on in time for the festive season.

After the lights were initially tested on Thursday evening, Seaside Radio aired the announcement of the switch on at 3.30pm on Friday. The announcement featured words from Reverend Martin Faulkner and Withernsea Town Mayor Cllr Dave Edwards.

Withernsea Mayor Councillor Dave Edwards said: “The lights were switched on Thursday, November 26 and this was not advertised due to the lockdown and COVID-19 rules. We are living in unprecedented times at the moment, and due to the rules this year we have not been able to put on any events, we are hoping that next year will be different, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.”


Upcoming events at Hornsea Floral Hall

FOLLOWING the end of the national November lockdown on December 2, events at Hornsea’s Floral Hall have been confirmed for December.

On Sunday, December 6, the venue will host an Antiques and Collectors Fair. This will run from 9am until 4pm and will host around 30 stalls. The stalls will include militaria, weapons, ceramics, jewellery, vintage toys, postcards, ephemera, vintage clothing and linens. Entry will cost 50p on the door.

Floral Hall will then present a Christmas Craft and Produce Fair on Saturday, December 12.

Here, there will be a variety of stalls exhibiting a range of festive crafts from 10am to 4pm.

There is no cost of admission.

For more information on the events see visit the ‘Floral Hall’ Facebook page or contact the organiser on: 07946 352793.

Anna Jebson wins Heron Foods’ hamper

THE owner of Hornsea’s “Petals, Pets and Paws” has won a local competition after being recognised as a hero in the town.

Anna Jebson started making bows for charity and has raised thousands of pounds for the NHS, Royal British Legion and Hornsea Inshore Rescue.

When Heron Foods in Hornsea offered a hamper to be given to the people’s “Hero of Lockdown”, nominations flooded in for Anna and she was awarded the prize.

James Huseynov, Store Manager at Heron Foods, said: “I’ve not worked long in Hornsea but over the last few months I’ve seen what an amazing community this is. Everyone looking after everyone and it’s been a joy to come to Hornsea every day and work, especially during lockdown. We thought it was time to give something back to the community and got this idea for Hornsea Heron Hero Hamper. We ran a poll on Facebook for people to nominate their lockdown hero and Anna won by a landslide after all her amazing fundraising with the different ribbons. Anna really is a credit to the community here in Hornsea; she is our Hero for sure.”