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Rotary Club bidding to bring some Christmas cheer with annual Santa float


DESPITE the ongoing problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic members of Lymm Rotary Club are still hoping to bring some Christmas cheer to the village with their annual Santa float.

For over 50 years Lymm Rotary Club has been involved with organising the Christmas Float with Santa around Lymm and Thelwall. In recent years they have involved members from many of the good causes which operate in the area. This has worked very well and has meant that Rotary has been able to share any donations made with these local good causes, thus in turn helping them in their works for the coming year.
Club spokesperson Colin Oakley said: “With the arrival of Covid-19 we now face new challenges, as does everyone else in the village. We are all aware that we have to social distance from people and this casts doubt on our ability to do a house to house collection this year.
“We are watching the news as the virus progresses but recently it has been seen to be getting worse. However, the members are still very keen to bring Christmas to the local people. If nothing else changes by December we are considering running the float around the routes that we normally visit, but with a minimum of support staff and we will not be knocking on any doors.
“Unfortunately Santa will not be able to talk to any of the youngsters as he will have to be distanced on the float itself, but will be able to be seen from people’s front windows. All of this is subject to approval nearer the time from the local authorities and we will obviously have to take into account the prevailing rules and restrictions.
“We have been asked whether we could still raise money for the local good causes using electronic means and we are looking at options for doing this, however, the first rule has to be the safety of all involved.
“We will try our best to try to bring Christmas cheer to the area around Lymm. We will send out more information nearer the time to update people.”
Below is the anticipated routes for 2020 assembling at 5.15pm and starting at 5.30pm.
Proposed Float Routes 2020
Mon 7th Dec Thelwall (1) – Assemble: All Saints Drive (Nr A56) Woodlands Dr.(towards Lymm) Gateley Close, Woodlands Drive , Straight across and then Pickering Cres., Stanton Road, Moore Av, All Saints Dr, Parry Dr, All Saints Drive to end, Thelwall New Road, second right to Handforth Close, Prestbury Drive, Alderley Road, Mobberley Close, left then right across Thelwall New Road on to service road and then left to Stanton Road, Beech Avenue, Selworthy Drive, Stanton Road to top, right to Wilson Close and return via Woodlands Drive across All Saints Drive to start.
Tues 8th Dec Thelwall (2) – Assemble Quays Community Centre, 233 Thelwall New Road: WA4 2XT Thelwall New Road, Bradshaw La, Ollerton Close, Bradshaw Lane, Thelwall New Road, Woodford Close, Ferryside, turn right on to Buntingford Road, left on to Pelham Road, Welwyn Clo, Harlow Clo, Walden Clo., Barley Road, Dunmow Road, Watton Close, left on to Pelham Road, Baldock Close, back via Pelham Road, left on to Buntingford Road, left on to Thelwall New Road, Richmond Avenue, Ashley Close, Richmond Avenue, Thelwall New Road, Mottram Close, Thelwall New Road, back to start at Quays.
Wed 9th Dec Booths Hill (1) – Assemble: Oaklands Drive off Elm Tree Road Oaklands Dr, Parkwood Clo, Wayside Clo, Elm Tree Road, Elm Tree Av, Elm Tree Road, Cherry Lane (upper), Lady Acre Clo, Huntsfield Close, Booths Ln., Highfield Rd, Highfield Dr, Highfield Road, Hilltop Rd, Highfield Rd (top to Hardy Road), Hardy Road, Elm Tree Road, return to Oaklands Drive.
Thur 10th Dec Booths Hill (2) – Assemble: CO-OP store Cherry Lane – Cherry La (lower), Cherry Tree Av, Old Smithy La, Wychwood Av, Heyes Dr, Egerton Rd, Lyme Gro, Hardy Rd, Highfield Rd (lower), turn right via Booths Hill Road, left to Barsbank Lane, Daisy Bank Road, Oak Road, Hawthorn Road, Ridgeway Gardens, Grove Ave., Newfield Road, The Anchorage, return to Coop.
Fri 11th Dec Oughtrington Lane / Sandy Lane – Assemble: Stage Lane ( near Church Hall) Stage La, The Paddocks, Crown Grn, Whitebroom, Sandy Lane, Hopefield Rd, Ashcroft Rd, Woodbine Rd, Sandy Lane, Bridge Meadow, Sandy Lane, Birchfield Rd, Cedarfield Rd, Ashfield Close, Sandy La, Rushgreen Rd (from Sandy Lane to Howard Avenue), Heatley Close, Lodge Close, ( miss Richmond Drive and Richmond Close) Oughtrington View, Church View, Moss Grove, return to Richmond Drive and Richmond Close, turn right up Sandy Lane to return to start.
Mon 14th Dec Rushgreen (1) – Assemble : Rushes Meadow (opposite Heatley CO-OP Store) Rushes Meadow, Chaise Meadow, Farcroft Road, Chaise Meadow, Millington Gardens, Longcroft Place, School Drive, Reddish Lane, Springfield Ave, Moore Grove, Reddish Lane, Springfield Gds, Rushgreen Rd., Elderfield Gardens, Rushgreen Road, Adey Rd, Green View and then return to start.
Tues 15th Dec Rushgreen (2) – Assemble : Bucklow Gardens Bucklow Gardens, Rushgreen Road (westward), The Greenacres, Rushgreen Road, Dyers Lane, Rushgreen Road, Rush Gardens, Mardale Cres, Langdale Avenue, Thirlmere Drive, Dairy Farm Close, Grasmere Rd, Rushgreen Rd eastward, Reddish Cres, Linden Clo, Reddish La, Bollin Dr, Bollin Cl, Bollin Drive, St Peter’s Cl. Warburton Cl, Whitefield Gro, Whitefield Clo, return to start at Bucklow Gardens.
Wed 16th Dec Statham 1 – Assemble : Statham Avenue (outside Lymm Hotel) Statham Av, Statham Clo, Statham Avenue, Statham Dr, Lymington Av, Star La,Turnberry Close,Whitbarrow Road and return to start at Statham Ave.
Thur 17th Dec Statham 2 – Assemble : Albany Road (near Star Inn) – Albany Rd, Albany Gro, Albany Road, Albany Cres, Albany Road, Sycamore, Northway, Albany Road, Whitesands Rd, The Farthings, West Heath Gro, Jubilee Gro, left on to Star Lane to finish opposite the Star Inn.
Fri 18th Dec Higher Lane (1)
– Assemble : Crouchley Lane (outside Wright House) – Crouchley La, Manor Rd (top), Manor Road (bottom),Higher La, The Crescent, , Greenwood Rd, Mayfield Vw, The Hatchings, via Higher La, to Grammar School Rd., to Scholars Green, Scholars Grn, Limefield Av., Scholars Green, Churchwood View, Grammar School Road, Higher Lane back to start.
Mon 21st Dec Higher Lane (2) – Assemble : Woodlands Av (near A56)- Woodlands Ave, Woodlands Dr, Longbutt La, Newarth Drive, White Clover Square, Clanbrook Avenue, Welcroft Gardens, White Clover Square, Marlfield Avenue, Longbutt Lane, Oughtrington La, Foxley Cl, Higher La, Bellfield Clo., return to Woodlands Avenue.
Tues 22nd Dec Village – Assemble : Danebank Road East (at junction with New Road) Danebank Rd East, LymmHay Lane , Yew Tree Close, Brooklyn Dr, Willow Close, Dane Bank Rd, Millbank, The Cross, Pepper St, Domville Close, Grove Rise, Rose Bank, Hartley Cl, Quayside Mews, Crossfield Av, Fairfield Rd, Orchard Av, Racefield Close, Cyril Bell Cl, Pepper Street, The Peppers, Rectory La, Rectory Gds, Rectory Lane, New Road back to start.


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1 Comment

  1. There will be no social distancing on the float and it is going to all the roads in Lymm.

    One person has – or does not realise they have COVID working the float we are all at risk.

    COVID can still be present on plastic and packaging for up to 2 weeks – the sweets you throw therefore not a good idea guys,

    Join the modern world and set up a fund me account and I’m sure me and others can around Lymm will contribute online.

    You guys at the Rotary club do an amazing job but this will also cut down on emissions from that diesel milk float you drive around.

    Keep up the good work. Think smarter. Stay safe

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