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Bits and bobs from across the borough

OLD and young will be able to meet Santa Claus in his grotto as he drops in to Filby tomorrow.

His appearance will be part of the village’s Christmas Tree Festival and Coffee Morning at the Playing Field Club Room, which runs from 10am till noon.

Following that, from 2 to 5pm a Christmas Fayre will be taking place, with a prize draw at 5pm led by the mayor Michael Jeal.

There will also be locally made preserves, jams and pickles, homemade candles, a raffle and refreshments on offer.

Proceeds from the day will go to the New Hall Fund and Filby in Bloom.

A CHRISTMAS bazaar will be taking place tomorrow in St Peter’s Church Hall in Gorleston.

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Cakes, nearly new and “Rainbow” will feature among the many types of stalls, and there will be a raffle with lots of prizes.

Admission is free and the bazaar begins at 10.30am, with money raised going to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

CAISTER Lifeboat visitor centre, shop and station will be open on Sunday from 10am to 1.30pm. Admission is �2, children free, with coffee and a souvenir brochure.

GREAT Yarmouth and Waveney Special Olympians is Sainsbury’s local chosen charity to support for the next two years. A bag pack and tombola held in store on Saturday, November 27 raised �600. Many thanks went to the club members, Sainsbury’s staff and customers who supported the day. The club will be singing Christmas carols at Sainsbury’s, St Nicholas’ Road on Saturday from 2 to 3pm.

RESIDENTS in the borough are being encouraged to come together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas at a free carol service on Monday at St Nicholas’ Church.

The service, hosted by Great Yarmouth mayor Michael Jeal and High Sheriff of Norfolk Charles Barratt, starts at 7pm.

Last year’s service saw around 1,000 people gather to sing traditional carols together.

Mr Jeal said: “Last year’s event had a great atmosphere and was full of people who love to sing Christmas carols and get in the festive mood.

“The church can hold up to 3,000 people for the service and it would be fantastic to see it packed out this year, so please come along and join in the festive fun.”

The service is well attended by local organisations and dignitaries, with the Bishop of Thetford taking a sermon this year.

Refreshments will be served for all present after the service.

GREAT Yarmouth Lions Club Christmas sleigh is continuing to spread festive spirit around town. Today Santa will be in Gorleston/Avondale Road; tomorrow at Gorleston High Street, Yarmouth Market Place and Asda; on Sunday outside B&Q and then Sainsbury’s in the afternoon. Monday is one of the favourites for the reindeer who enjoy navigating the narrow streets of Cobholm before finishing the evening in Southtown. On Tuesday it’s the Barrack Estate and Wednesday Gorleston south before the week finishes on Thursday at Newtown north. It’s been a cold start to the campaign but never fear Santa will be there! Everyone is asked to support him by giving him a wave.

Santa will miss the circus this year – he will be outside Asda while 50 children are taken to the Hippodrome on Saturday afternoon.

This annual treat is arranged once again by Lion Margaret Woodruff.

Members enjoyed an enchanting recital from St Nicholas’ Handbells as thanks for sponsoring a new bell for their collection.

Carols will be sung by lantern light in St George’s Park, Great Yarmouth this Sunday from 7 till 8pm.

All are welcome to the short procession, which will be interspersed with carols and readings and led by Park Baptist Church.