Christmas is going to be very different this year for everyone, but that doesn’t mean we cannot celebrate.
Last week, I announced the winner of my Christmas Card competition. There were over 200 entries and the winner was Priya from Camestone School with a candle and bauble design – it also included the ‘stay safe’ message which has been so important this year.
The runners-up were Avery from Hazledene School with a Christmas tree design and Iman from Brickhill Primary School with a reindeer design.
Congratulations to Priya, Avery and Iman. I was impressed with all the entries and thank everyone who sent me their designs. A selection of the designs are displayed in the Harpur Centre.
Also last week we saw the launch of the Festive Christmas Trail across Bedford town centre with the Council working in partnership with Love Bedford.
The Christmas Trail lets families explore the town centre to find the twelve Christmas characters that have been hidden in the windows of some of your favourite town centre businesses.
The trail, which runs until Thursday 24 December, is free to enter and although aimed at younger children, it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
If you would like to take part in the Christmas Trail, you can download a copy of the trail sheet by visiting www.bedford.gov.uk/christmas. There are also a limited number of hard copies available to collect from La Piazza on St. Paul’s Square.
As well as the Christmas Trail, we again have the Christmas Trees in Bedford Town Centre along with the Christmas Lights, including some new lighting on the trees along The Embankment.
The Harpur Centre and many local shops and businesses across the Borough have put up decorations as well.
This coming Sunday there will be a Christmas Artisan Market, organised by Made in Bedford at St Paul’s Square between 10.00am and 3.30pm.
In order to help to slow the spread of COVID-19, we’ve thought a lot about how we can mark Christmas in a safe and responsible way this year.
While you’re enjoying the seasonal celebrations, you should continue to follow government guidance on slowing the spread of the virus and the “Hands, Face, Space” advice.
However you celebrate the festive period this year, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a Happy Christmas.