Pictured from left to right are Nettleham Festive Market organisers Debbie Stevens, Alissa Stevens and Tinna Turner.
A Christmas Market at Nettleham (near Lincoln) has received backing from Allison Homes via the Larkfleet Homes Community Fund.
The fund has given £250 to the Nettleham Festive Market Committee to help fund the costs of hiring lighting, a sound system and raffle prizes.
Alissa Stevens said: “The Market is organised by just three of us, so it takes a lot of effort tirelessly to make this work. It's a brilliant event and really brings our community together.
“We are hoping to make it a yearly event, but this is dependent on costs which is why we are so grateful for Allison Homes’ support.”
The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund supports groups which enhance or develop local communities. It makes grants to charities or voluntary organisations within ten miles (16 kilometres) of any housing development by Larkfleet Homes or Allison Homes, both part of The Larkfleet Group of Companies which is based in Bourne, Lincolnshire.
Allison Homes is currently building new homes at Deepdale Lane, Nettleham – a new development of 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroom houses and bungalows.
Karl Hick, CEO of Allison Homes, said: “A community is more than just houses. When we are building new homes, we want to support the local groups that our residents can participate in to help build a real community.”
Conceived in December 2016, the first Nettleham Festive Market was held last year around the big Christmas tree on the village green as a way of bringing festive fun to the village’s many elderly residents. The event was a great success, raising over £1,000 for local charities and the organising committee is hoping to repeat that this year.
“To be totally honest we expected it to be just Nettleham and surrounding villages’ residents that would attend, so you can imagine our surprise on the night when 1,000s of people turned up, including a coach load from outside of Lincolnshire! Many locals have already said their family members from all over the country have booked their accommodation to visit this year’s market - no pressure,” Alissa Stevens said.
The market is a traditional farmers and crafts market with high quality, local stalls. There will also be a ‘children’s area’ where youngsters can meet Santa, have their face painted and play games as well as enjoy the rides.
Local pubs and restaurants will be serving their delicious seasonal menus. The Nettleham Community Choir will lead Christmas songs around the tree, and (summer) carnival queen and princess will be on hand to turn on the Christmas tree lights.
Cambridgeshire Community Foundation manages The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund on Larkfleet’s behalf. Any community or voluntary group wishing to find out more about the fund can visit here. telephone 01223 410535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.