Community adapts to a COVID-secure Christmas

Royston Scouts card delivery

Cubs Thomas Hooper and Tom Walsh are getting ready to deliver your cards! - Credit: The 10th Royston Scout group

COVID-19 has changed the way many Christmas events are celebrated in our area – so organisations and community groups have come up with creative ways to enjoy the festivities.

Royston scouts are determined to help the community in this unique Christmas period and have redesigned their card delivery service to be COVID-safe. 

The 10th Royston Scout Group will deliver to any address in town. Stamps costs 30p from Ladds in High Street and McColl’s in Queens Road and cards can be posted at either shop until 4pm on Saturday, December 19.  

Cards will be sorted by socially distanced adults and delivered by sanitised hands the following week. 

The 10th Royston Scout Group thank you for their continued support and wish all their neighbours a safe Christmas. 

Families can follow the Christmas story online this year, thanks to St Catherine’s Church  members in Litlington, who have moved their Travelling Crib online. 

The Travelling Crib is a popular tradition in the South Cambs village which sees a well-loved child-friendly knitted nativity set make its way round households each December. 

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Thanks to Iain Lynn and Kirsty Bell, 12 minute-long videos have been made to introduce the main characters and events leading up to the birth of Jesus using the familiar knitted characters. 

The clips are aimed at children but can be watched by all the family. The clips are released each morning on Facebook and the Shingay churches YouTube channel 

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At Melbourn Community Hub, celebrations are still to be had. Bec Barnes has produced activity sheets in the form of Hubby Bear I Spy, and a children’s crossword, both are available at the hub reception. A lit Christmas tree is at the entrance to greet customers, and mince pies are on the menu.  

For that extra Christmas present, the Hub has now produced its own gift vouchers which are available from reception. 

The hub has also helped provide facilities to enable the local GPs’ surgery to administer the winter flu jabs to their patients. 

For further details on Melbourn hub activities call 01763 263303.