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Christmas joy for Yew Tree

Published 6th December 2018

Cllr Shirley Hosell with Christmas characters
Cllr Shirley Hosell with Christmas characters

A Friends group in the Yew Tree area have been given a special grant to ”bring the magic of Christmas” to local people.

The Friends of Yew Tree and Tame Bridge have been given a town grant of £1,134 by Sandwell Council to bring special Yuletide cheer to the area.

Friends spokesperson Sue Welch said: “We want to bring the magic of Christmas to our centre and offer families the chance to see a traditional pantomime, that otherwise would be unaffordable to them.

“We want to take Santa on a parade around the streets with his elves to give special moments for all to enjoy, that will create cherished memories for children and adults alike and help instil a sense of pride in where they live.”

Sue said group members will work with our local primary school by giving 10 golden VIP tickets to children identified as deserving by their teachers.   

The Friends will be out to attract more volunteers for this and later events to ensure we can continue to put on other community activities in the future.

Councillor Syeda Khatun, deputy leader of Sandwell Council, said: “This is a great idea by the Friends who want to make sure that all local children get the chance to get involved in traditional Christmas festivities. I hope they all have a great time.”