Christmas cheer as parish council hands hampers to elderly residents

Elderly residents in Foulridge were treated to an early Christmas present this year, thanks to the parish council.

Monday, 21st December 2020, 12:35 pm

Foulridge Parish Council presented Christmas hampers to 70 residents aged over 60, in lieu of the usual Christmas lunch which had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Coun. Janice Storey, vice chairman of the parish council, said: “Because of Covid this year, the council were unable to treat the villagers to the usual superb, annual Christmas lunch with entertainment.

"We didn’t want the residents to think that they had been forgotten so Coun. Hazel Nicholson came up with the idea of giving out Christmas hampers. There were also 13 prizes drawn from a grand raffle which included generous donations from local retail shops and the public including Birchall Foods, Asda, Sainsburys, Greggs, Oddies and Mrs C Quinn.

Coun. Hazel Nicholson with the hampers

"Everything was arranged in a socially distanced way which people were happy to comply with.”

The Parish Council also revived its hand-crafted Christmas card competition surmising that residents could try their hand at this craft whilst in lockdown.

Coun. Storey added: “There were some really amazing entries, for both adults and children. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the entries which made judging very difficult indeed."