Holmfirth people are pulling together to brighten up the town centre in the run up to Christmas

 

This year has placed a dampener on everyone’s spirits and we all know that the High Street has been badly hit.  This hasn’t stopped the people of Holmfirth.  They have worked together to bring some sparkle to the town.

Parish Councillor Rachel Hogley has pulled together a team to make sure the Christmas lights festoon the town centre.  Rachel says “for the past few years a great team of volunteers and businesses have contributed to make sure we light up the streets and add some brightness to the dark winter evenings.

Santa’s naughty elves have escaped and hidden themselves in Holmfirth and Honley shop and business windows.  Help Santa find the elves by buying a trail sheet.  The money raised goes to local charities and each complete sheet goes in a draw.  This novel idea, initiated by Kerry Sykes of Holmfirth Events has been replicated in other towns.

Local shops have clubbed together to raffle a hamper of Christmas goodies.  Karen Jones of Fair Trader said “this is a wonderful opportunity for local shop keepers to work together to promote their business as well as bringing a little excitement to the town.  We are all going to be open longer hours so shoppers can catch up with their Christmas shopping.  Having more time will mean that we can be sure everyone is kept safe and we keep social distancing rules.”

Random Acts of Kindness is being co-ordinated by Holmfirth Tech.  Local people are being asking to nominate others who could benefit from a Random Act of Kindness.  These acts will be in the form of something made or baked, time and help or vouchers bought from the local businesses supporting the cause.  The gifts will be distributed in time for Christmas.

Around twenty local artists, with the help of Kirklees Council are smartening up an empty building at the heart of the town centre.  Over the Christmas period, the ex-Tourist Information Office will become Art, a pop up shop where the artists can display and sell their work.  They have suffered badly this year from the loss of Art Week and the other fairs and exhibitions so the opportunity to display their talent is much welcomed.  Being at the centre of the town, enlivening the empty windows will also act as a draw to encourage more people back into the town centre.

And with the vaccine on its way, there is a lot to look forward to in the New Year.  In the mean time the people of Holmfirth invite their family, friends and neighbours back into the town centre and enjoy the spirit of season.

Happy Christmas everyone from Holmfirth.

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