Elf Service

Eastleigh hosted a great family day in the town, culminating in the highlight of the Christmas Lights switch on and fireworks, performed by the Mayor Cllr Adam Manning after some dreadful ‘elf’ jokes. On the subject of elves, Eastleigh Lions had decorated their Romany caravan with snow and lights to become the elves workshop. A popular addition for the kids (and some adults and dignitaries) was the opportunity to pose for a festive photo as Santa’s elves using the elf couple cut-out painting. Mary and other Lion helpers ran the ‘Teddy Tombola’ stall in the gazebo. Mary’s mum had knitted chocolate filled Christmas puddings and stockings which proved a hit with shoppers.

Following the street event the Lions packed away the caravan, tent and tables before heading up to the Point for the pre-fireworks briefing. Changing our fundraising hats for our community hats the Lions marshalled the firework no-go zone to keep the public safe during the display.

Despite the beautiful warm weather during the day, the Lions were pleased to retire to the Harvester restaurant in the evening, as the temperature plummeted. A well earned meal was consumed by the team who had worked hard to make the day a big success. We were joined for the meal by the Mayor and his wife who had also had a long but enjoyable day mingling with the people of Eastleigh. Mayor Manning told us that he had been very privileged in the period of his tenure in office to have been able to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to have had the honour to proclaim the accession to the throne of King Charles III and in due course the Coronation in May as he prepares to hand over to the incoming Mayor.

As a bonus to a very enjoyable day we manged to raise around £230 which can be added to our charity fund and in due course be allocated to deserving local causes within the borough.