Monthly Archives: December 2017


The Community Cafe once again held their annual Christmas Grotto on Hillington Square on Thursday 21 December, this year with the generous support of KL.FM.

Thanks to the kind donation of toys and gifts from KL.FM, Santa had plenty of presents to giveaway to 100+ local children who came to visit him at the Community Café! The children had the opportunity to take part in some Christmas crafts as well as treat themselves to delicious cupcakes.

There was also a special visit from some four-legged festive friends when Santa’s Christmas donkeys arrived to offer rides around the square.

Robert Clarke, Director of Housing at Freebridge, said: “It was great to see such a fantastic turn out at the Community Café again this year.

“We are very grateful to KL.FM for the gifts they donated to the grotto, which helped us some spread some Christmas joy to local kids.”


Christmas sparked in to life on Hillington Square as Freebridge Community Housing Chairman, Andy Walder, performed the annual switch on of the Freebridge Christmas Lights. Father Adrian was also invited along to bless the tree.

With the support of the Community Cafe and Providence Street Placeshaping Community Centre a festive feeling was brought to the square.

(Pictured: Father Adrian and the Chair of the Board Andy Walder)

Afterwards, everybody was invited into the warm Community Cafe for hot drinks, mince pies and a performance by a local choir, Halcyon Singers.

The lights will be on for the whole festive season so don’t miss the opportunity to wander down to the square and take a look for yourself!

We hope everyone had a lovely time, and we’ll see you next when Santa comes to the Square on Thursday 21 December!