The Marple Santa Dash organised by Romiley and Marple Lions on behalf of Kidney's for Life has become one of the most popular fixtures in the Marple Christmas calendar and it's with a very sad heart we share the news that it has been postponed.
The Lions are refusing to use the word "cancelled" and are determined to hold a delayed event at the earliest practical opportunity. Maybe there will be an Easter Santa Dash next year - let's hope so!
It's hard to keep a Lion down and Romiley and Marple Lions were all set to be supporting a group of enthusiastic cyclists hoping to raise funds for Kidneys for Life with a socially distanced cycle event.
The Lions were to be supplying the Santa Suits and hoping to make a reasonable profit for the Club.
Sadly this event has now also been cancelled following announcement of Lockdown2.
George Tavener and the Lions will, hopefully, be doing some Father Christmas "Zoom" sessions but there isn't really any details available about that yet. So what this space for more news.
All being well, the Club will be involved with the Dragon Miniature Railway (at Dobbies) but their Christmas Grotto sessions will be much modified. Father Christmas will not speak to each individual child and the trains will only have two carriages (instead of the usual three).
Obviously, social distancing and all other precautions will be strictly adhered to. Trains will stop in the centre of the tunnel (grotto) instead of taking up the entire length and Father Christmas will address all the passengers from a safe distance (but not hand out presents). The train will then continue to the station, where the children can collect their presents.
We'll do our best - if we're allowed to do anything at all - and all these arrangements are provisional.
If he is allowed to, Father Christmas will arrive on Saturday 5th December at 11am and the Grotto will then be open every weekend (plus some weekdays) through to Christmas (Saturday: 11am to 5pm and Sunday: 11am to 4.30pm).
Sorry that we can't be more definitive at this time, but do watch this space for more news.
To learn more about Romiley and Marple Lions Club visit their entry in the Community Directory..