The Invest Local areas pulled out all the stops for Christmas, doing a range of activities to spread festive cheer and keep the community spirit going.
We Are Plas Madoc arranged a ‘12 days to Christmas’ event with activities on every day leading up to Christmas, from online events like karaoke, bingo and quizzes, to delivering craft packs and Christmas cards.
The jingling of bells filled the air on Christmas Eve in Plas Madoc, Ynysowen and Cefn Golau, as neighbours rang bells from their doorsteps, allowing them to spread some Christmas cheer communally while adhering to Covid-19 restrictions. We Are Plas Madoc also arranged doorstep and Zoom carol singing events, and the young people of Maesgeirchen’s ShowZone group went carolling before new restrictions came into place and performed a live-streamed ‘Light Up, Sing Up’ event at the local church.
Santa made an appearance in three of the communities. In Maesgeirchen and Plas Madoc, children visited Santa in his grotto, while in Ynysowen he was driven all around the villages by his Chief Elf, in a van kindly lent by local steel company Saunders & Sons Ltd. Everyone in the community, young and old, came out to their doorsteps to wave, ring bells and cheer for Santa, Mother Christmas and the Elves.
Community Christmas trees were funded in Ynysowen and Caerau, and local volunteer Pete, the ‘Garden Guardian’, bought and planted a tree that will grow in ‘MaesG’ for years to come. Hubberston and Hakin held a Christmas lights competition, where local residents posted photos of their Christmas lights to be entered into a prize draw for a festive hamper.
Invest Local Caerau supported Men’s Sheds to deliver 130 Christmas dinner hampers to households in need while Cefn Golau Together continued its cooking club with Christmas themed goodies. Many of the areas delivered craft activity packs and Christmas cards, and Pill Unity volunteers packed and delivered gifts for children and the elderly in their area.