Mayor of Chelmsford returns to Beaulieu to launch Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club’s Santa Sleigh tour
20 Dec 2023

Mayor of Chelmsford returns to Beaulieu to launch Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club’s Santa Sleigh tour

Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Linda Mascot, attended the launch of Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club’s annual Santa Sleigh tour at Beaulieu – Countryside Partnerships (part of Vistry Group) and L&Q’s impressive development in Chelmsford.

Returning for its third year, the tour start was marked by the Mayor of Chelmsford waving the sleigh off from the Beaulieu Community Centre. Comprising 12 nights, Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club’s festive expedition seeks to raise vital funds for local charities. Visiting various destinations across Chelmsford in the lead up to Christmas, Santa’s Sleigh will be bringing Christmas cheer to North Springfield, Beaulieu and Channels, Boreham, Ford End, Little Waltham and Great Waltham.

Fundraising for The Children’s Society East (Hidden Harm) – a fantastic organisation that works with young people across Essex who live with parents with drug or alcohol addiction, or parental or carer mental health issues – as well as other local charities, the tour will be visiting: Goldenacres, Stablecroft, Paddock Drive, Trenchard Crescent (7th December), Sainsbury’s Superstore (9th December), Channels Drive, Brassie Wood, Mashie Link, Jigger Gardens, Fairway Drive (12th December), Boreham: Butterfly Road Shops (14th December), Channels Area (15th December), Morrisons Superstore (16th December), Ford End (17th December) as well as Great Waltham and Little Waltham (18th December),Boreham: Orchard Way, Centenary Way, Wilfred Waterman Way, Robert Finch Crescent, Minns Avenue (20th December) before then completing the tour on 21st December at Centenary Way, Linge Avenue and Regiment Gate.

Full details of the dates and destinations can also be found on Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club’s website and social media. ( Routes may change depending on weather and other unforeseen circumstances so look out for daily updates which will include how to track Santa Sleigh each evening.

Jean Harper, president at Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club, said: “I am really looking forward to helping Santa take his sleigh around the streets of Chelmsford this year and to seeing as many children and adults as possible to help us raise money for local charities.

I am particularly pleased that the Mayor of Chelmsford attended Beaulieu Community Centre to ‘wave us off’ on our first trip of the year, and thanks go to Beaulieu for supporting us”.

Martin Leach, managing director of Major Projects, Countryside, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club’s festive activities again this year. Their fundraising efforts and chosen projects are invaluable to the local community and there is no better time to show kindness and generosity than at Christmas. We encourage anyone who is able to, to donate as proceeds go to incredibly worthy causes in the area."

Councillor Linda Mascot, Mayor of Chelmsford, said: “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to wave off the Rotary sleigh this year on the first night of its annual tour of North Springfield, Beaulieu, Channels, Boreham, Ford End, Little Waltham and Great Waltham. Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary members give valuable service to our community and this year will be fundraising to support local charities including The Children’s Society”.

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