Letter: Council working with Lions on popular festival

Pocklington Town Council is working closely with the Lions group to bring a bigger and better Christmas Festival.
Pocklington Town Council is working closely with the Lions group to bring a bigger and better Christmas Festival.

For a number of years Pocklington Council and the Pocklington Lions have worked closely together to produce a very successful Festival of Christmas in the town centre.

The event has been progressively extended in recent years with the enthusiastic support of the Rev Hollingsworth to feature a musical evening in All Saints’ Church alongside the very popular Santa Grotto which is organised and managed by the Pocklington Lions.

Other street activities and entertainment have also been increased over time with the aim of offering a really good family evening.

Our shops and other business owners have always been very enthusiastic and supportive during the planning stages and the late night opening.

At the regular meeting of the Pocklington Town Council’s Development and Marketing Committee held at the Old Court House on Wednesday 19 October we were joined by Melissa O’Donnell and Chris Shepherd from the local Lions to discuss issues arising from the 2015 Christmas Festival and how we would make improvements for this year.

The meeting was most constructive, and we were quickly able to agree how we would both make some operational changes and add some new ideas to ensure that the festival works well for the people of our town.

Along with other charities the Lions will also operate a stall in the Market Place during the evening.

Our current mayor, Councillor David Sykes has chosen the Pocklington Lions as recipients of the monies raised for his selected charity organisation for the 2016/2107 year.

Look out for Pocklington District Lions magnificent Santa Parade which will set off from Burnby Hall Gardens and proceed via Regent street to All Saints Church where their Santa’s Grotto for children will be held.

Following discussion regarding the joint activity in the church in the last two years and with the help and support of our managers, Janet Farmer and James Duffy the music evening this year will be held in the auditorium of the newly refurbished Pocklington Arts Centre.

The Town Council team which includes Councillor Paul West, Gordon Scaife our town clerk and Lisa Skelding, assistant town clerk, have further increased the number of activities, and children’s rides into both ends of the town centre including a return to stage trailer and the involvement of Minster FM.

The team are keen to aim for a better street layout in which we will try to and maximise and improve the movement of the visitors to all our shops opening late and the stall holders.

The local Lions club and the Town Council are very pleased to be working together on this project and would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Pocklington and surrounding villages for their high levels of support in previous years so please make a diary date for this year of Wednesday 7 December and we will see you there!

Cllr Peter Winterton
Chairman of the Development and Marketing Committee, Pocklington Town Council