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All systems ho, ho, ho as Santa readies his reindeer

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 04, 2012

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THE Rotary Club of Bretby has announced the route of its annual Santa’s Sleigh charity collection.

The club’s collection season was launched yesterday and is due to end on December 21.

Santa will navigate his sleigh around residential areas in and around Burton and South Derbyshire between 6pm and 8pm, to the accompaniment of Christmas carols and other seasonal favourites.

This year he will also be visiting Etwall, in addition to his regular routes.

The money collected will go to the club’s Rotary Charity Account and will be used to support a range of local, national and international Rotary charitable programmes such as Kids Out, Polio Plus (the worldwide eradication of polio), Aquabox and Shelterbox.

Last year’s collections raised more than £3,500.

Norman Carpenter, club president, said: “The Santa’s Sleigh collections are one of the highlights of the Rotary year, as the looks on the children’s faces when they see Santa and hear him call out their names is priceless.

“Not only the children, but parents and collectors all get to share in the wonder of Christmas, and those less fortunate than we, whether locally or elsewhere in the world, also get to benefit from the funds raised by the spirit of generosity that makes Christmas special.”


Today — Chesterfield Arms, Newhall, going to the A511, Bretby Hollows, and Orchard Street;

Tomorrow — Fountains Primary School, in Bitham Lane, Stretton, going to Bitham Lane and Athlestan Way;

Thursday — Branston Post Office, going to Branston Riverside, Clays Lane and Branston village;

Friday — Jackson’s Lane, Etwall, to Etwall village;

Tuesday, December 11 — Sydney Street, Burton;

Wednesday, December 12 — The Sump, Winshill;

Thursday, December 13 — Anglesey Arms, Winshill;

Friday, December 14 — The Grove, Stapenhill, including Woods Lane and Clays Lane areas;

Monday, December 17 — Dallow Crescent, and Dallow Street areas;

Tuesday, December 18 — Union Road, Newhall;

Thursday, December 20 — St John’s Drive to The Leys area, Newhall.

FATHER Christmas will be touring Burton and surrounding areas as part of an annual charity initiative.

Burton Round Table is holding its annual Santa sleigh runs, spreading festive cheer and collecting money for local charities.

Today, Santa will be in the Beam Hill area, while on Thursday he will travel up Henhurst Hill, and on Sunday he will visit Tutbury. On Tuesday, December 11, the sleigh run visits Branston's Regents Park estate, before heading off to the Burton Town Hall area on Thursday (13), Stretton on Sunday (16), Kings Bromley on Tuesday (18) and Field Lane and the Panama Road area of Horninglow on Thursday (20).

SANTA will also be making his way through Swadlincote as part of the town’s Round Table festive fund-raising event.

As always the group’s annual rounds with Santa and Rudolph will be hoping to welcome as many children as possible and will also be collecting money to support local charities and good causes.

Santa and Rudolph will tour the following Swadlincote housing estates on the following dates:

Today — Springwood Farm Road and

Hay Wain Lane area;

Tomorrow — Coronation Street area;

Friday — Askew Grove, Springfield

Road, Pinfold Close area, Repton;

Monday, December 10 — Poets

Corner estate, Measham;

Tuesday, December 11 — Birds Estate

(Tollgate Green) and Dovedale Park;

Wednesday, December 12 —

Hepworth’s Estate — Excelsior Drive,

Donington Drive side;

Thursday, December 13 — Hepworth’s

Estate: Arliston Drive and Rivoli Drive


Friday, December 14 — Swadlincote

Woodlands Estate, Frank Bodicote Way;

Monday, December 17 — Castleton

Park, Buckingham Drive End;

Tuesday, December 18 — Castleton


Wednesday, December 19 — Castleton

Park, Swadlincote Lane End and Wye

Dale Estate;

Thursday, December 20 — Thorpe

Downs Estate and Sankey Drive;

Friday, December 21 — Walton Park,

Chiltern Road Estate.

In addition Santa will be outside

Sainsbury’s, in Civic Way, this weekend

and Morrisons, in Coppice Side, on

Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and


Santa’s progress can be followed on Twitter at @SwadSanta and @SwadRT308 or search for Swadlincote Round Table on Facebook.

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  • Burton Mail  |  December 05 2012, 11:24AM

    Please note - for Swad Round Table on the 10 Dec - it is Poets Corner SWADLINCOTE, not Measham, that Santa is visiting.