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!
However, it's hard to keep a Lion down!
A group of enthusiastic cyclists are hoping to raise funds for Kidneys for Life (the Lions' Santa Dash partners) and KFL's Victoria Thomson suggested to them that a "Santa Cycle" would, under the circumstances, be an appropriate event to organise.
The Lions will be supplying the Santa Suits and hoping to make a reasonable profit for the Club.
The numbers will be limited to 100 (over the age of 16) and the route will be around Marton (in the Macclesfield / Congleton area of Cheshire). The registration fee is £25, which includes Santa suit and a breakfast butty with tea of coffee at the end of your ride.
Full details of the 29 November event can be found on the KFL website.
Even though this event isn't in our area, Romiley and Marple Lions are involved and the money raised from the sale of the Santa Suits will boost their Charity Account and help them to continue their work in the local community.
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 28th November 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..