Birch Forest Schools had been asked to take part in the Slaithwaite Christmas lights switch on by running an activity stall in the Community Centre. Throughout the afternoon children and families came along and made Christmas decorations out of natural materials. On offer were mini reindeer, willow stars and wands, Santa sticks and wood cookie decorations.
We were kept busy all afternoon but by far the most pleasant aspect was meeting up with people we knew from our work in the area over the past few years.
We were packed up just in time to see the lights in the village being switched on and the fire work display afterwards. With the Klonk Ceilidh in the evening courtesy of MASTT, it felt as though the festive season had truly begun, not with stress and gross expenditure but with people coming together in celebration.
At ths Ceilidh, Tom Taylor, fiddle player in Klonk and attendee of the first Spoon carving workshop in the woods, came over to our table with two finished spoons. One started on the workshop and the other carved under his own steam at home. Both had a wonderful finish and were well shaped (my image does not do justice to either I am afraid)