To mark the start of the Christmas season, a community celebration will be taking place on The Oval in Rose Hill on Saturday, 8 December.
Rose Hill residents are in for a treat with an official switch-on of the Christmas lights, carol singing, music, and a food festival. Father Christmas and his elves will also be paying a special visit to the Community Centre to spread festive cheer and hand out some presents to the children.
Fran Gardner, Rose Hill Community Worker at GreenSquare, is organising the event with her colleagues Ali Hall and Asha Rogers, using funding from GreenSquare’s Big Lottery Fund Cultural Food grant. The grant funds events on Rose Hill, which draw diverse sections of the community together to eat, socialise and have fun.
Scottish and Southern Energy Contracting (SSE) has also stepped in to offer much needed support for the event. SSE will be funding the cost of a team of staff to decorate trees on The Oval with hundreds of lights, plus providing the power to light the trees for the six-week period.
Fran explained: “I would like to say a really big thank you to SSE for their very generous support. Without SSE it would be virtually impossible for me to stage this event – their knowledge, advice and expertise is invaluable to me.
“We are doing something a bit different this year and decorating four large trees which are already located on The Oval – they should look very impressive with all their lights on. But that does add extra work for the SSE teams as they have four trees to light not just one!
“Although everyone in our community celebrates Christmas is different ways, this is a fantastic time for people of all cultures to come together with family and friends, to celebrate, socialise and have fun. It promises to be a joyous occasion and I hope that everyone comes along and gets into the spirit of things.”
Graham Elliott from SSE Contracting added: “We are only too pleased to offer our services in support of the event; we know from our experience last year and the appreciation shown by the residents of Rose Hill that it is something they look forward to.”