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Last Christmas, the village came together to respond to the needs of one older man who was sad we had no glimmer of Christmas in our village. In under 72 hours, we raised a whopping £1.5K to place a Christmas tree on the roundabout at the head of our village for everyone to share. It had a big impact on how we felt as a community. This year, we'd like to do it again, with more lights and a bigger tree, with carol singers and a community celebration at the hall. We want to shine out the good from Throckley and help everyone feel connected and part achieving something as a village.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The aim of the tree is to bring light and community spirit to Throckley. We enjoyed achieving something together last year which helped to make people feel connected. People said... "The Christmas tree is a shining example of what can be achieved when a community work positively together. I believe it was the catalyst to much positive community-led ideas being brought about." "I was so happy to see Throckley with a Xmas tree last year I can’t remember ever seeing one in the past. Something to be proud of especially with all the anti-social behaviour we hear about." "Last year’s last-minute fundraiser brought together our village, from young to old. The Christmas Spirit was well and truly brought to life and started something I’ve not seen in the village for a long time; a true sense of community with litter picks, gardening projects etc..being born. Every time I drove past the tree after a long shift, especially on Christmas Day on my way home, that tree brought a smile to my face
Steps to get it done:
The Christmas Tree planning last year brought people together from across the village. It was truly a village event and paved the way for a real sense of community cohesion throughout the rest of the year. It led to people working together in new ways to keep the village clear of litter, campaigning against local environmental issues, working together to make our green spaces more appealing and generally being more aware of our neighbours as a community. It initiated a user-led constituted group which aims to improve the atmosphere of our village through shared events and actions. We hope to build on this and develop more community-led work in 2020 which will benefit everyone. The Throckley Thrive Christmas Tree is a great way to hug up the village and for everyone to take part and enjoy a shared achievement together.
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