Santa comes to Helston for first Christmas fair

Santa comes to Helston for first Christmas fair

Santa comes to Helston for first Christmas fair

Santa comes to Helston for first Christmas fair

Santa comes to Helston for first Christmas fair

Santa comes to Helston for first Christmas fair

Santa comes to Helston for first Christmas fair

Santa comes to Helston for first Christmas fair

First published in Helston

Santa made an early visit to Helston on Friday for the town’s first Christmas fair.

Organised by a team from the Helston Business Improvement Partnership, headed by businessman Robert Williams who organises the popular lights switch on each year, the new evening event was designed to bring extra trade into the town and be a second night of festive celebrations.

Shops stayed open to welcome visitors, with some providing their own entertainment – including at Fruit & Veg 4 U in Meneage Street, where Santa greeted youngsters in a downstairs grotto.

His main involvement in the evening, however, was a parade through the town in his sleigh lit with coloured fairy lights.

With his reindeers resting ahead of a busy night on Christmas Eve, Santa was towed by a vintage 1956 Ferguson T20 diesel tractor driven by Bobby Eustis.

The familiar figure attracted lots of attention from excited children, who were keen to have their photos taken with him.

Rachel Jones, company secretary with the Helston Business Improvement Partnership (HBIP), thanked everyone that attended, saying: “With the weather staying dry it was lovely to see so many smiling faces as Santa travelled through town.

“HBIP volunteers have spent months arranging and coordinating the Christmas events in town and marshalling on the night and they have done an excellent job so a big thank you to all who helped.”

Helston Town Band played festive tunes outside the Methodist Church, while members of Helston Baptist Church – dressed in Victorian costume – sang carols at various places in the town centre.

For the children there were fairground rides, while hungry visitors had plenty of choice from food vans. There were also some stalls set up in Meneage Street.

Truly Crumptious from Helston, selling homemade crumpets from her vintage van in Meneage Street, said on the night: “It’s been lovely. It has been so well supported and there is a lovely atmosphere.”

The HBIP has thanked Mr Eustis for towing Santa and helping him decorate the sleigh with lights and music, as well as the Serco radio workshop from RNAS Culdrose for sponsoring the cost of the sleigh and two Christmas post boxes in which children could post letters to Santa.

The department also loaned and installed the speaker units that were used to play festive music around town, with Robbie Roberts and Paul Read given special thanks for their work.

Thanks have also been given to Helston’s police officers, St John Ambulance, Helston Town Band, Swamp Circus, Lizard Stallions, Penny Red and all the buskers and choir groups that added to the festive feel of the evening.

Rachel added: “Of course, big thanks go to Santa for taking the time to visit Helston and for saying hello to all the children that visited. The HBIP will be working hard throughout the year to ensure the Christmas events in town will be even bigger and better next year.”

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10:00pm Mon 24 Dec 12

RNASDutch says...

An absolutely fantastic and magical evening, I was in Helston and saw it.

Well done to all those on the HBIP for all their hard work, and well done to the Town Council and the Cornwall Councillor for supporting them so strongly.

I feel at last Helston has turned a corner and is truly moving ahead, and 2013 will be a much better year for the whole Town.

Happy Christmas to all those involved, the Business people, Town Councillors & Cornwall Councillor, together with far too many other willing volunteers to mention but well done all of you.

In the front page of the West Briton last week, the headline couldn't be bettered. Helston, could be the safest Cornish Town.
An absolutely fantastic and magical evening, I was in Helston and saw it. Well done to all those on the HBIP for all their hard work, and well done to the Town Council and the Cornwall Councillor for supporting them so strongly. I feel at last Helston has turned a corner and is truly moving ahead, and 2013 will be a much better year for the whole Town. Happy Christmas to all those involved, the Business people, Town Councillors & Cornwall Councillor, together with far too many other willing volunteers to mention but well done all of you. In the front page of the West Briton last week, the headline couldn't be bettered. Helston, could be the safest Cornish Town. RNASDutch
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11:44pm Tue 25 Dec 12

David Pascoe says...

I have been a very harsh critic of the Town Council over the last two years or so, but I do believe in giving credit where its due, and I have to say over the last seven months or so the Town Council has been completely transformed.

There seems to have been a total lack of all the humiliating and embarrassing stories about what goes on in the Council, every one seems to be working together, and really good news is happening. The HBIP is the latest fantastic story of the Council and all the traders and business people working together.

It totally overshadowed the fiasco of the Council wanting to remove the signs from the pavements, their constant failure to work together and the general ridicule Helston was held in throughout Cornwall.

Well done to the Town Team, Councillors and all the business people. Particular thanks should go to Mayor Gaby and Deputy Mayor Thomas, who are working together for all of us and not just their own selfish interests that we have had to put up with until recently.

Long may this spirit of working together continue, and I look forward to 2013.
I have been a very harsh critic of the Town Council over the last two years or so, but I do believe in giving credit where its due, and I have to say over the last seven months or so the Town Council has been completely transformed. There seems to have been a total lack of all the humiliating and embarrassing stories about what goes on in the Council, every one seems to be working together, and really good news is happening. The HBIP is the latest fantastic story of the Council and all the traders and business people working together. It totally overshadowed the fiasco of the Council wanting to remove the signs from the pavements, their constant failure to work together and the general ridicule Helston was held in throughout Cornwall. Well done to the Town Team, Councillors and all the business people. Particular thanks should go to Mayor Gaby and Deputy Mayor Thomas, who are working together for all of us and not just their own selfish interests that we have had to put up with until recently. Long may this spirit of working together continue, and I look forward to 2013. David Pascoe
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11:50am Wed 26 Dec 12

fraudbuster says...

Just remember folks that one swallow does not a summer make.

The Town Council still has a number of old discredited and out of touch councillors whose sole Raison d'être is to be able to say in the pub "I am a Councillor". They think they deserve respect once they say that. Just like the aparachnicks in the old Soviet Union. Totally useless, out of their depth, and their usual contribution to debate is to ramble on about what happened thirty years ago and why any new ideas that come forward will be bound to fail.

I think very strong front page good news stories like last weeks West Briton forced a few to reconsider their out of date ideas, and I hope to goodness the Town Council supported this life saving initiative. We will have to wait to see this weeks paper.

I urge all the local newspapers to keep up the pressure on the Town Council to support the excellent ideas coming forward from the local business people.

Unfortunately until the elections in May the old guard will still try to exert their weakening influence, and then hopefully they will be swept away into the dustbin of history. In nothing else, it will finally show that Helston will not accept failures at the top of the Town Council
Just remember folks that one swallow does not a summer make. The Town Council still has a number of old discredited and out of touch councillors whose sole Raison d'être is to be able to say in the pub "I am a Councillor". They think they deserve respect once they say that. Just like the aparachnicks in the old Soviet Union. Totally useless, out of their depth, and their usual contribution to debate is to ramble on about what happened thirty years ago and why any new ideas that come forward will be bound to fail. I think very strong front page good news stories like last weeks West Briton forced a few to reconsider their out of date ideas, and I hope to goodness the Town Council supported this life saving initiative. We will have to wait to see this weeks paper. I urge all the local newspapers to keep up the pressure on the Town Council to support the excellent ideas coming forward from the local business people. Unfortunately until the elections in May the old guard will still try to exert their weakening influence, and then hopefully they will be swept away into the dustbin of history. In nothing else, it will finally show that Helston will not accept failures at the top of the Town Council fraudbuster
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4:40pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

To gain respect one has to earn respect. There are 'some' very good Helston town Councillors that have worked very hard to achieve successes and in my opinion deserve respect.

The Helston Christmas fair was very successful and well organised and there are some very good ideas coming from the HBIP, however, I personally do not believe considering employing three apprentices to join the town manager and his assistant one of them. One apprentice on trial maybe. How about asking the local community their opinions via a vote. How many paid staff do other larger towns management teams support I wonder.
To gain respect one has to earn respect. There are 'some' very good Helston town Councillors that have worked very hard to achieve successes and in my opinion deserve respect. The Helston Christmas fair was very successful and well organised and there are some very good ideas coming from the HBIP, however, I personally do not believe considering employing three apprentices to join the town manager and his assistant one of them. One apprentice on trial maybe. How about asking the local community their opinions via a vote. How many paid staff do other larger towns management teams support I wonder. Gill Zella Martin 09
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6:42pm Thu 27 Dec 12

The Good Shepheard says...

Zella Martin is absolutely correct, and has pointed out what a lot of folk forget.

There are some extremely good hard working Councillors on the Town Council, they never blow their own trumpet, you very seldom hear about them, and they just get on with the job for which they were elected, which is to serve the people.

The problem is that local papers, and partiuclary the Packet, ignore these hard working people and just focus on the egotistical losers that get their picture in the paper at every opportunity. Whether it is hijacking a very popular charity event and making it appear with their picture they are the ones who organised it, or again with their picture making it appear they are the only ones who do anything for a local church. Its always the usual suspect.

Could the Packet do a bit more to highlight the work some of the other Councillors do quietly going on in the background.

As regards Zella Martin point about the apprentices, as all the businesses are involved in the HBIP, surely they are the ones to make a considered decision on whether or not the town needs apprentices. Judging by their results so far, I would trust their judgement rather than some of the out of touch Councillors.
Zella Martin is absolutely correct, and has pointed out what a lot of folk forget. There are some extremely good hard working Councillors on the Town Council, they never blow their own trumpet, you very seldom hear about them, and they just get on with the job for which they were elected, which is to serve the people. The problem is that local papers, and partiuclary the Packet, ignore these hard working people and just focus on the egotistical losers that get their picture in the paper at every opportunity. Whether it is hijacking a very popular charity event and making it appear with their picture they are the ones who organised it, or again with their picture making it appear they are the only ones who do anything for a local church. Its always the usual suspect. Could the Packet do a bit more to highlight the work some of the other Councillors do quietly going on in the background. As regards Zella Martin point about the apprentices, as all the businesses are involved in the HBIP, surely they are the ones to make a considered decision on whether or not the town needs apprentices. Judging by their results so far, I would trust their judgement rather than some of the out of touch Councillors. The Good Shepheard
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7:00pm Thu 27 Dec 12

molesworth says...

This all sounds like you're talking about Falmouth Town Council here. Or maybe every small town council in the country..?
This all sounds like you're talking about Falmouth Town Council here. Or maybe every small town council in the country..? molesworth
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7:41pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

It would appear that it is the HBIP that require the apprentices to help amongst other things, with the extra paperwork required due to their evolving projects, the money with which to fund the apprentices would come from the section 106 money. I personally have mixed feelings on the use of the money to fund extra town management staff, on the one hand I feel no more money should be spent on paid wages for town management staff for a town the size of Helston, but on the other hand if the HBIP are successful in increasing footfall in the town and subsequently invest any money they may make in any way back into the town then it may justify the initial outlay of money for apprentices. I therefore will be interested to watch which way this one goes.
It would appear that it is the HBIP that require the apprentices to help amongst other things, with the extra paperwork required due to their evolving projects, the money with which to fund the apprentices would come from the section 106 money. I personally have mixed feelings on the use of the money to fund extra town management staff, on the one hand I feel no more money should be spent on paid wages for town management staff for a town the size of Helston, but on the other hand if the HBIP are successful in increasing footfall in the town and subsequently invest any money they may make in any way back into the town then it may justify the initial outlay of money for apprentices. I therefore will be interested to watch which way this one goes. Gill Zella Martin 09
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7:50pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

molesworth wrote:
This all sounds like you're talking about Falmouth Town Council here. Or maybe every small town council in the country..?
In my opinion there is nothing wrong with Porthleven town council or Penryn town council. However, I do think Falmouth and Helston do have similarities in some respects.
[quote][p][bold]molesworth[/bold] wrote: This all sounds like you're talking about Falmouth Town Council here. Or maybe every small town council in the country..?[/p][/quote]In my opinion there is nothing wrong with Porthleven town council or Penryn town council. However, I do think Falmouth and Helston do have similarities in some respects. Gill Zella Martin 09
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