Over 70 Chobham Manor residents braved the weather on Sunday 13th December 2020, to join in with the winter activities.
It was a festive atmosphere, an inviting chance for everyone to get together for some magical and fun, socially distanced, winter and Christmas themed activities in Chobham Manor.
We saw many residents turn on their lights at 4pm for the Chobham Manor big lights switch on. To adhere to coronavirus government guidelines, there was no megaphone announcement or countdown for the big lights switch on. But, in true style, Chobham Manor residents happily turned on their lights collectively, grabbed their coats to keep warm and ventured outside to join in the activities.
To make Chobham Manor look more festive, the railings on both of our playgrounds in the ‘rain garden and ‘the green’ were decorated with willow, twigs, some Ivy pots (kindly provided by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park) and lights. Bliss had sourced some Christmas tree cuttings to hand out, so residents could decorate the railings with their very own organic baubles. This was additional to some beautifully homemade ornaments such as Christmas trees created from twigs, along with messages of hope and peace at Christmas.
Everyone got into the festive spirit and dressed up with their Santa hats on to search for stars displayed by their neighbours. They filled up the night sky of their nativity scavenger hunt cards (designed by resident Lynne Roberts) with stars whilst walking about in their family bubbles. If you searched hard enough, you would’ve found Edward and Julia’s doorstep stall. Lots of people were nibbling on a homemade mince pie and sipping on a hot chocolate topped with marshmallows – all served coronavirus safely of course. Neighbours even brought over their own mugs to be filled up with hot chocolate.
Reverend Saffron Ryan of Church E20 organised an interactive nativity trail for everyone to participate in. Eight panels were dotted around the Chobham Manor neighbourhood revealing the Christmas nativity story. Residents were scanning the QR codes on each panel to listen and learn about each part of the nativity story and sing along to some lovely Christmas carols in their groups.
Over 100 goodie bags were picked up on completion of the trails for both adults and young people, a small treat to sweeten the day. Church E20 would like to thank everyone who contributed to a car boot load of unwrapped gifts and Christmas extras donated to E20 Food Bank.
We wish you all a joyous and safe festive season. Happy holidays or Merry Christmas if you’re celebrating and have a great New Year!
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