Saffron Walden Town Team - As temperature falls, Christmas festivities hot up

PUBLISHED: 09:16 15 December 2017

Councillors Paul Fairhurst and Barbara Light with Jim Brewin. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN TEAM

Councillors Paul Fairhurst and Barbara Light with Jim Brewin. Picture: SAFFRON WALDEN TOWN TEAM

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It seems strange to say, in the midst of all this snow and freezing weather, that Christmas festivities are hotting up in and around town.

Late-night shopping and the Christmas lights events run by the Town Council and Saffron Walden Initiative were extremely well-attended. Don’t worry, we have had Santa thoroughly checked out and he suffered no injuries that night. After all, this is a guy who’s been down billions of chimneys without getting stuck or burning his toes! And I’m sure that many of us waved at him as he helped the Round Table complete their tour of the town centre over last weekend.

On the first two Saturdays in December the vintage bus proved very popular with more than 400 people taking advantage of the free shuttle between Audley End village and the High Street. On hand at each end were some leading local figures, including councillors from the town, district and county councils as well as business owners and managers and local residents, all eager to act as ambassadors for Saffron Walden.

Don’t forget this Saturday, December 16, is your last chance to take advantage of the shuttle. It runs from 10.30am until 5.30pm between the two stops. The closest car park in town is Swan Meadow which is only a five minute walk to the High Street stop.

Also continuing throughout December is the Local Shopping Challenge, in its fifth year with 27 local businesses taking part. This runs until the end of the month so plenty of time to take part even if you haven’t started yet. Local retailers have been telling us that there has been a noticeable increase in demand for entry leaflets this year.

You can start the challenge at any of the businesses or collect your leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre. You can also pick up a sticker at Saffron Screen, Audley End Miniature Railway and Wintasia. Once you have started, you don’t have to buy something at every shop. You can even pick one up with a cup of coffee at Hill St UK, Bicicletta or Tea Amo. As long as you spend £50 between the businesses before the end of December and remember to hand your form at the TIC by January 2, 2018, you stand a chance of winning some of the £620 in prizes. And children only need to spend £5.

All of us at the Town Team would like to wish all of you a great Christmas, however you choose to celebrate it.

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