2021 Santa Sleigh Run

Little Girl with Christmas Present
Red Christmas Wreath

For over 40 years, Santa's Sleigh has been a well-loved tradition of Christmas in Holmes Chapel & District. On December evenings, local community groups bring Santa and his Sleigh around the neighbourhood so that excited children can meet Santa at their doorstep. His many helpers collect donations on the night, and this page allows donations to be made online. The total collected is distributed to worthy local groups. This year the Sleigh was out from December 1st to December 17th and also made an appearance at the Christmas Market on Sunday, December 5th.  The full schedule is shown below.

People were invited to come and cheer, but are asked not to come too close to the Sleigh and maintain social distance between your family group and others. The Sleigh tracker was also used so people could see where Santa was on each night. 

Following the pleasure it brought to the younger children last year, Santa visited our local Primary schools again this year. This year the Sleigh was brought to you by Holmes Chapel Scouts, Holmes Chapel Guides, Goostrey Scouts, Brereton Scouts, Holmes Chapel Pre-School, Holmes Chapel Viking Explorer Scouts, Dane Sound Radio, Holmes Chapel Primary PTA, and Bridge The Gap, who will each receive a share of the donations. 

Donations

If you were out when we visited or just simply missed us, it's not too late to donate. You can show your support by giving online on our JustGiving page using the link below.

 

JustGiving page. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/holmeschapelsleigh

 

 

 

 

The total collected less small maintenance costs will be distributed to the groups above.

It has been a difficult two years for all of the organisations, with restricted activities. They have not been able to undertake many of the normal fundraising activities that they rely on, yet have still had many of their costs. 

For example, Dane Sound Radio has continued to support our local community, all working on an entirely voluntary basis, yet they too have ongoing costs. 

Bridge the Gap has been forging more links between the young and old this year, by working with our local primary schools to introduce regular letters from our primary school children to people in our local residential homes. 

The profits made will be distributed to the following groups; Holmes Chapel Scouts, Holmes Chapel Guides, Goostrey Scouts, Brereton Scouts, Holmes Chapel Pre-School, Holmes Chapel Viking Explorer Scouts, Dane Sound Radio, Holmes Chapel 41 Club and Holmes Chapel Tangent.

The Holmes Chapel Partnership

The sleigh runs are organised by The Holmes Chapel Partnership (HCP) which is a voluntary group providing support to the Holmes Chapel and District community, supported by the Parish Council and Cheshire East. This is the fourth year that the Partnership has managed the Santa Sleigh runs around the district. Originally the Sleigh was run by Holmes Chapel Round Table, and then 41 Club, and more recently the Rotary Club of Holmes Chapel.

Last year, because of Covid restrictions, we were unable to collect donations on the sleigh. Despite this, the usual groups who support us were still happy to brave the elements and bring Santa on his Sleigh to see you all. 

Sleigh Run Schedule 

The sleigh teams try their best to get the sleigh close to each house, but sometimes, narrow roads or too many parked vehicles make it impossible to get to your house. And even if we can drive down a cul-de-sac, we need quite a large area to turn the sleigh around. You can, therefore, help us by trying not to park cars or vans on the road if you can.

 

The sleigh runs are scheduled to start at 5.30 pm each evening and usually finish by 8.00 pm. But if the weather is bad or lots of children appear then Santa can get a little delayed.

We would also like to thank the following organisations for their support of the 2021 Santa Sleigh run. 

Jubilee Garage - Sleigh Service

Sam Dales & Son - Storage of the Sleigh in December

Sibelco - Use of Sibelco Workshops and the provision of vehicles and drivers.

Hopley Tyres -Provision of Heavy Duty Batteries to power the Santa Sleigh Lights.

Nov 30th

GOOSTREY WEST

Goostrey West: Booth Bed Lane, Sandy Lane, New Platt Lane and Blackberry Gardens

Sleigh Team : Goostrey Scouts

Dec 1st

GOOSTREY EAST

Goostrey East: Woodlands Drive, Buckbean Drive, Brooklands Drive , Bank View.

Sleigh Team : Goostrey Scouts

3rd

BRERETON

Brereton  Brereton Heath,  Brereton

Sleigh Team: Brereton Scouts

4th

BLUEBELL GREEN & ARCLID

Bluebell Green Estate

Sleigh Team : Sibelco & Partnership

5th

CHRISTMAS MARKET

4.00pm to 7.00pm

6th

Westway

Holmes Chapel: Middlewich Road, Bessancourt, Brookfield, Chester Road, Westway, The Drive, The Millingfield.

Sleigh Team: Holmes Chapel Pre-School

7th

SANDIFORD/LONDON ROAD

Holmes Chapel: Hawthorn Villas, Sandiford Road (and side roads) Station Road, Bromley Drive, London Road, Alum Court, Field View.

Sleigh Team: Holmes Chapel Scouts

8th

BRAMHALL DRIVE

Holmes Chapel: Westmoreland Terrace, Sadlers Close through to Seddon Estate, Bramhall Drive to Ravenscroft and all Closes. 

Sleigh Team: Holmes Chapel Guides

9th

 SALTERSFORD Gardens & West Hermitage

Saltersford Gardens Estate, then Macclesfield Road, Rees Crescent, Picton Square, Danefield Road and Riverside Crescent.

Sleigh Team: Viking Explorer Scouts Unit

10th (Day)

 HERMITAGE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Santa visiting Hermitage Primary School

Sleigh Team: Bridge the Gap

10th (Eve)

EAST HERMITAGE: ELM DRIVE

Elm Drive and all side roads off + Bridge Farm

Sleigh Team: Dane Sound Radio

11th

COTTON HALL ESTATE & LAKES ESTATE

Cotton Hall Estate, then the lakes Estate (Broad Lane, Coniston Drive, Grasmere Drive and offshoots)

Sleigh Team: Bridge the Gap

12th

SANTA's DAY OFF

Day off

Day Off

13th

Selkirk Drive & Balmoral Drive

Selkirk Drive (and side roads), Balmoral Drive (and side roads) to Southlands

Sleigh Team: Holmes Chapel Primary School PTA

14th

Rivers estate

Thatch Close, Severn Way, Deee Avenue, Humber Drive, Eden Grove, Wye Close, Ribble Close.

Sleigh Team: Holmes Chapel Scouts

15th (Day)

Brereton Primary School

Santa visiting Brereton Primary School

Sleigh Team: Holmes Chapel Partnership

15th

Portree drive

Poretree Drive and all closes off.

Sleigh Team: Holmes Chapel 41 Club & Tangent

16th

Cranage 

Cranage , please track Santa to see where the sleigh is.

Sleigh Team: Holmes Chapel Guides

17th

Holmes Chapel Primary School

Santa visiting Holmes Chapel Primary School

Sleigh Team: Bridge the Gap