Festive Reflections: Invest Local Christmas 2018

Festive Reflections: Invest Local Christmas 2018

5 Feb 2019

Whilst most of us were winding down for a relaxing Christmas break over December, many volunteers involved with Invest Local were busy organising festive fun in their areas. Here’s how some of the Invest Local communities celebrated Christmas…


Sit & Stew

GWIL (Glyn Ward Invest Local) helped over forty homeless people and people from insecure households savour a fantastic Christmas Big Lunch, prepared by Sit & Stew and held in a building at the heart of the ward.

Diners also enjoyed raffles, a visit from Santa with a big sack of presents for all ages and a chat with the local mayor, who popped by to say hello.

None of the delicious food went to waste, as Sit & Stew used the leftovers for their night-time soup run.


Santa Storytime

Our Llwyhendy held a Christmas Baubble Competition and the children of Brynteg, Brynsierfel, Bynea and Bryn Schools created some amazing craftwork in response.

Our Llwynhendy also hosted a free Christmas Fair with reindeer, Santa, free fair rides and carol singing to celebrate the Christmas lights switch-on. Santa also led a storytime in the library, with help from a little elf.


Caerau Christmas Lights

Invest Local Caerau enjoyed a Christmas Parade and lighting of the tree, which featured in the local newspaper. After a lit-up parade to Caerau Square followed by Carols and Christmas Songs, the tree was lit by the winner of our Caerau Christmas Celebrations’ Logo Competition. Afterwards Santa paid a visit to Caerau Development Trust, where children also enjoyed a Christmas Disco.

Caerau Men's Shed

A popular stocking-filler in Caerau was the Caerau Men’s Shed 2019 calendar.


Invest Local Maesgeirchen have started the New Year with a new name and are now known as ‘MaesNi / Our MaesG’. They asked people at the local Winter Wonderland to rate their place (Maesgeirchen and Tan-y-Bryn) according to what was shown as important to residents during a previous consultation, resulting in this lovely visual:

Maesgeirchen visual

Top-scoring was a very strong community spirit, strong sense of identity and belonging, strong sense of influence and control and good friends & family/social interactions.

As MaesNi / Our MaesG said of the results: “WHAT A GREAT PLACE!”

If you’d like to be kept updated or get involved with MaesNi / Our MaesG text ‘yes’ to 07990 067245 OR email jess.silvester@mantellgwynedd.com OR follow Invest Local Maesgeirchen’s Facebook page OR pop into the PMP office on a Monday.

Plas Madoc

Plas Madoc Christmas

We Are Plas Madoc’s weekly Kettle Club got into the festive spirit, making Christmas decorations using recycled bits from The Land. Santa paid a visit to the area, enjoying tea with some local children in Plas Madoc Leisure Centre and meeting others in his grotto at Little Sunflowers garden.

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