It's All Happening in Holywells
I celebrated my birthday on the 11th of November with my daughter Samantha. Both born on the same day and the same time! I can always remember my Mother saying “let’s get these birthdays out of the way and then concentrate on Christmas” That gives us 6 weeks.
It is a busy time of the year, not only because of the family celebrations, planning and shopping, but because of my involvement as a Councillor in local events. I have several churches in Holywells Ward and all like to hold a Christmas Fayre which I like to support as much as I can. Some of the charities I am involved in have their Christmas Dinners to celebrate the work and successes during the year and to be together in a less formal atmosphere. I have several of these events to attend and enjoy every single one of them.
Meanwhile, the Friends of Holywells Park are holding their Christmas Fayre on 8th December which takes a lot of organising by the committee, and is more and more successful as the years go by. This Christmas Eve, the Margaret Catchpole Bowls Club, St Luke’s Church and one or two of us have been working on holding a Carol Service on the green at the front of the Bowls Club and this is now all but organized and hopefully will become an annual event. We have pupils from Cliff Lane Primary School coming to sing, the Ipswich Hospital Band and I am reliably informed by the North Pole that a certain Father Christmas is doing his best to call in.
As a Rotarian, we hold a Christmas lunch for our members and their families and local charities that we have helped come along to receive their cheques. But most importantly we help FIND (Families in Need) to pack parcels and then deliver to those who are not as fortunate as ourselves. It is very rewarding but also very disturbing that so many young families receive food parcels. It is a reminder as to how lucky we are and should never take life for granted. Let’s try and remember that this Christmas.