For many years a team of dedicated members of NENG has ensured that the shopping centre is brightened up for Christmas by putting up Christmas Trees in time for the Farmers’ Market and the festive period itself. The first task every year is to prepare the trees by trimming the bottom of the tree trunks so that they will fit into the brackets on the walls. Then they have to wind the lights around the trees and secure them carefully before climbing ladders to put them all in place. It has meant many hours of work outdoors in sometimes very cold weather. Heroic work, noticed and appreciated by all who pass by.

This year there will be no market but the trees are now in place and they are better than ever. The trees are bigger than usual and there are more lights. In addition we have been able to extend the decorations across the road to the tree by the benches. Our thanks go to Kath Willcox who has kindly donated a long string of fairy lights for the tree and to Ash Gray who has persuaded many of the shops and flats above them to put fairy lights around their windows.


As a result of the market cancellation there will of course be no grotto this year. On the other hand we are sure that children will be delighted to know that we have arranged for a special letter box to be erected outside Wickwire where they can post their letters to Santa. It will be available from Saturday December 12th to Tuesday 23rd December. Santa's gnomes and elves will collect them each night and take them directly to the North Pole. And who knows, we may persuade Santa to visit the letter box himself on one of those days.



Do keep safe and well. Despite lockdown you can enjoy your free download of some of 2020's Edge magazines (by clicking on the masthead below) We hope you benefited from  September's  COVID-adapted Farmers' Market and the creatively-adapted 2020 Nether Edge Festival events. Please do have a look at the drop down menu beneath our HOME button to access information about support available during the Covid-19 pandemic

A message from NENG Chairman, Ken Lambert...
"Dear Nether Edge neighbours,  for the first time since April it has been possible to distribute printed copies of Edge magazine to our subscribers. In view of 2020's unique and difficult circumstances we have made editions of EDGE freely available electronically over recent months. Please feel free to circulate it to your friends and neighbours and to subscribe so that you can receive future hard copy magazines (November's editions have been hitting doormats this week !)
If you have problems with downloading, you can request an 
email copy from nengdistribution@gmail.com. We would really like to hear from you with anecdotes about how you are getting on, so we can share them in a future edition... do keep safe and well in the meantime.

With my best wishes,

Ken Lambert NENG Chair" 
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