On 22nd November it suddenly began to be Christmas at Manor Park, and MASKK and MCCP were at the centre of the celebrations as the Christmas lights were switched on, Santa was in his grotto and Temple Park Centre was filled with a massive snow globe for the children to bounce in.

         I went down early to avoid the rush – and there certainly was a rush later on! – and found MCCP Community Worker Lisa painting little flower pots to become beautiful bells, with medical students Merrie and Lucy suggesting that I create a Christmas card with Rudolf on the front (it ended up looking a bit piggy!): they would soon have lots of children being creative with scissors, glue, card and glitter for Christmas. In the main hall I found Debra about to serve delicious sausage rolls and pizza, DB Entertainment offering blue (blue!) candy floss, and Clare and Jane and others selling Christmas decorations and gifts.

         At Manor Park Centre itself there were stalls and shies. You could poke your head through a hole and have your photo taken as a Christmassy person (unfortunately one small boy got his head stuck in the hole and had to be extricated!) or you could ride on the Rodeo Reindeer (I didn’t see anyone fall off).

         Back at Temple Park Centre, the place was so full – and let’s face it, Craig hadn’t realised quite how huge that snow globe was going to be! – that the Pindar Dance performers had to dance outside.

         The event was supported by Manor and Castle Development Trust, Together Housing and Sheffield City Council, as well as MASKK and MCCP, and I thought it was a great example of the community coming together to do some festive fun for everyone.

 Nick Jowett