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Christmas Tradition To Stop This Year

Wednesday October 30 2013


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A CHRISTMAS tradition will be abandoned this year - because too many people are feeling the pinch.

For the last six years Andy and David Cole have run the 'Sponsor a Bulb' campaign on behalf of the High Street Committee in Wombwell.

Residents usually pay a pound to sponsor a Christmas light bulb are entered into a prize draw.

But David, of Cole Bros Café, said the committee was abandoning the scheme this year as he can no longer bring himself to ask people for their money.

He said: "There are always people who will give you whatever money they have for a good cause and Wombwell has always been really good for that.

"But I know how short I am at the moment and I don't want to make people around here even shorter.

"There are people who have been coming here for 18 years who've recently lost jobs, whose husbands have lost jobs and whose kids can't get a job. I just can't ask them for a pound now."

He added if anybody did wish to make a donation, they could do so in the café.

However, he said people don't need to worry about the lights as the committee was in the process of securing alternative funding for next month's switch-on.

Last year the number of Christmas lights were reduced by half and replaced with older lights after the committee had a 50 per cent cut in its funding from the council's community support fund.

This fund is now the devolved ward budget for the South Area Council, which is composed of councillors from Wombwell, Hoyland Milton and Rockingham wards.

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Reply Posted by Craig on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 17:54
Charity starts at home these days..

Reply Posted by eileen on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 18:32
people will enjoy it no matter how many lights there are you always do a good show I come up every yr and really enjoy it keep it up boys xxx

Reply Posted by Swifty on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:41
Councillors should offer to sponsor the event. They get enough out of Wombwell people. One claimed nearly £30,000 alone this year.

Not bad work if you can get it.

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:45
Hey swifty,how's your letter to no.10 going on?

Reply Posted by to Swifty on Thursday October 31 2013 at 14:38
abart as dim as those bulbs ah ah ah carnt help it ah ah ah ah ah ah

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:48
is you ok sid the imposter,,,

Reply Posted by Swifty on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:53
I'm writing it his weekend and going to send it Special Delivery. That way I can track delivery. I will keep you updated when "Dave" sends me a reply.

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 19:58
Good for you. The letter'll probably end up being a lot longer than you intend. There's so much rubbish going on. Haha. You mite need Pickford's removals Swifty.

Reply Posted by swifty on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 20:00
have you got the address Sid,and sould I send the letter recorded,

Reply Posted by swifty on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 20:00
have you got the address Sid,and sould I send the letter recorded,

Reply Posted by swifty on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 20:00
have you got the address Sid,and sould I send the letter recorded,

Reply Posted by swifty on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 20:22
sid@ some forking imposter on here,,will keep you informed on letter to David

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 20:29
swifty@ no worries,i also have a nutter using my user name,fools

Reply Posted by Voodoo on Thursday October 31 2013 at 07:50
By all means write to Number 10 Swifty. All you will receive is a standard reply. There just copy and paste standard paragraphs which have been cleared by the legal team. Don't waste your cash on Special Delivery.

Reply Posted by dicks on Saturday November 2 2013 at 13:21
some funny guys on here.