On Saturday and Sunday, Santa will be at Ropery Road as part of the Winter Wonderland. Please look out for posters for details.
On all three days, any child seeing Santa will be offered a small gift, and (as long as the elves have managed to do what they were told) each day there will be a different selection, so your child could come every day and receive a different gift each day. The gifts are paid for by a local charity and so there will be no charge to see Santa at any of these events. However, if you care to make a donation, this will be put towards our Christmas lights, which we hope to have ready for next year.
During December, Santa will tour the town. You will need to see the Facebook page Santa Visits Ilfracombe to find out details. I believe Santa may have some sweets for children during these trips.
Although the Combe Christmas Committee and Events4Ilfracombe have made considerable progress in collecting for new High Street lights, they will be very expensive and we are some way from being able to afford them at the moment. However, if we continue in the coming months as we have been over the last year, I am confident that we will have new lights next year. You can help by attending our events and, if you can afford it, spending a little money.
There is a public meeting this coming Thursday 24th November at 7.45 pm at the Lantern Centre about the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Devon and how it is likely to impact on Ilfracombe and North Devon. If you can, please be there. This affects us all. Even if you have private health insurance, at some point you are likely to have to rely on the NHS or the ambulance service.
The floods around town and between here and Barnstaple should, perhaps, remind us of the problems that we could be facing should Barnstaple hospital close or become a “community” hospital.
Congratulations to Kentisbury Grange who were awarded Gold in the Devon Tourism Awards 2016 in both the Small Hotel of the Year and Restaurant of the Year categories. I occasionally go to their Coach House restaurant and am never disappointed.
Tony Olsson, like me, a Leonard Cohen fan produced the following tribute.
And finally, a reminder. Small Pond Production’s A Christmas Carol is on at the Landmark from Wednesday November 30 to Saturday December 3 (matinee).