MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT DURING SHERFORD’S SIXTH CHRISTMAS

Christmas is coming to Sherford with a tree decorated by families, special gifts for children, and huge amounts of festive cheer

All is calm, all is bright at Sherford this Christmas, with an array of celebrations taking place. A 15ft Christmas tree has arrived in the local square – decked out in lights and a star on top – as a gift from the Sherford Consortium – a partnership between Taylor Wimpey and Vistry Partnerships, which includes Linden Homes and Bovis Homes – to mark Sherford’s sixth Christmas since work began on the new town, and fourth since residents arrived.

The tree is being decorated with handiwork by children and the local community, as part of the second ever ‘‘Sherford Christmas Bauble Competition’. Back by popular demand, the competition ran last Christmas during lockdown and proved hugely popular. Vistry Partnerships has gifted hundreds of bauble craft kits to the school, toddler and youth groups, and has extra available for visitors to Sherford who would like to take part.

The baubles will be decorated and hung by red velvet ribbons on the town Christmas tree, in an amazing display of creativity, community spirit, and seasonal cheer. Two winners will receive stockings stuffed full of Christmas crafts and handmade chocolate treats! Laden with hundreds of baubles and thousands of fairy lights, the tree at the heart of Sherford will be a sight to behold.

No Christmas is complete without gifts, and the Sherford Consortium has some treats in store. Earlier this year, children from Sherford Vale designed their own cycling jersey to wear in the community lead-out parade for the Tour of Britain cycle race. This Christmas, Santa delivered a present for pupils; a framed Sherford jersey, signed by the Tour of Britain riders, as a memento of the special occasion to hang on permanent display at the primary school.

It has become a festive tradition over the years for the Sherford Consortium to make a charitable donation during the season of goodwill. This year, a £300 sum is being gifted to Sherford Vale’s PTA. The volunteer-led organisation will put the donation towards its fundraising goal; to buy a ‘book vending machine’ for Sherford Vale, to encourage and engage children in reading in a fun new way.

In addition, this community-spirited town has its own celebrations planned too, with carols by candlelight hosted by singers from Sherford Community Church, taking place by the Christmas tree on Sunday 19th December. This will be followed by Santa’s sleigh visiting the streets of Sherford and spreading Christmas cheer.

Jenna Waters, Vistry Partnerships, part of the Sherford Consortium, said: “’Tis the season to be jolly and we are thrilled to have so much going on to mark the festivities, with a community that truly gets into the spirit of Christmas. With a tree at the heart of the town, a family-focused activity and competition, and special gifts and donations to spread joy; it is a privilege to share this special occasion with the people of Sherford and add to their community celebrations.”