'Elves' have been working flat out in East Sussex to fill 150 Santa Bags for older men and women otherwise spending a rather colourless Christmas. The Santa bags have been organised by MAYFACS and the Mayfield Bonfire Society.
Normally the Bonfire Society hosts a Christmas lunch in the village hall, with entertainment and presents for the over-60s, those living alone and people in care homes. Because of Covid-19 this couldn’t take place this year, so the two societies combined forces to roll out a delivery of festive cheer to the doorsteps of those who would normally attend lunch.
The Societies emailed their members and asked for volunteers who, between them, have produced enough goodies to fill 150 bags with:
A Christmas card, hand-painted by a villager
A ‘Good Cheer for the Ear' CD, a medley of Christmas songs sung and played by groups in the village including the primary school and the Youth Band (rumour has it, 'a retired professional sound engineer who lives in the Mayfield fine tuned it all so the sound quality is very good!')
A hand-painted silver pine cone decoration
An almond and cherry fruit loaf,
A Lindt chocolate bear
A cup cake
… and all delivered in a bright and cheerful Santa Bag!