The Peggy Tub social club in Hunslet Carr hosted over 240 local children and their families for an acclaimed Santa’s Grotto over the last fortnight.
At the start of the month, it had looked like the Coronavirus pandemic was going to stop the event – and weeks of preparation were to go to waste. But the club management and local supporters clubbed together, picked their way through the government regulations, and worked hard to pull off a memorable sold-out event over two weekends (11-13 and 18-20 December 2020).
Families (who attended within strict Covid-safe guidelines and time slots) were treated to a magical Christmas wonderland, including a specially made lifesize sleigh and reindeer, time with Father Christmas, and gifts. The team also hit the streets to visit families who were self-isolating, and simply dish out gifts to random families in the community. Hunslet Carr Primary School also joined in, borrowing the sleigh and other props for their festive celebrations.
Julie Adams, who manages the club, commented:
“The kids have had a rubbish year – but with the club closed, we did at least have the space to do something big and special. So many people helped out to make this possible, and it was all worth it: everyone enjoyed it, and we’ve had amazing feedback. Next year, it’ll be twice as big!”
The Peggy Tub (once upon a time the Woodhouse Hill Liberal Club) is located on Woodhouse Hill Road in Hunslet Carr. It has a big membership, at nearly 1,000 people – and new applications are welcome. For full information, click here.