Calton Area Association Spreads Some Christmas Cheer

Last updated: 2.16pm, Wednesday 16th December 2020 by

Calton Area Association has been at the forefront of the drive to support people during this year which has proved very challenging for so many.

The health emergency has turned many lives upside down and the Area Association wasted no time in lending a helping hand. Looking back over the year, many activities were undertaken to help members of the Calton community with particular attention paid to older and isolated residents.

Notable highlights were:

*Working with a brilliant team from Rogart SAS, Thenue Housing and others to deliver daily soup and sandwiches to people

*Working with the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre’s “Green Volunteers” (including Jane and Ed) and Urban Fox to deliver sunflower and wildflower seeds and compost to people in the summer

*Working with Urban Fox to deliver delicious afternoon teas at the height of the summer AND activity packs to beat the lockdown boredom

*Working with Calton Heritage and Learning Centre to deliver the “Santa Surprise” to 200 elderly Thenue tenants in mid December which are Christmas gift packs containing such goodies as shortbread, chocolate and seasonal mince pies to name just a few.

*The traditional Christmas tree was erected in Bain Square but sadly due to social distancing guidelines the usual festive crowd could not be present.

Calton Area Chairperson Betty Cosgrove said: “We feel very privileged to have been able to help as we work with so many wonderful other organisations to tackle the effects of the pandemic.”

“Calton Area Association always put our community first and none of this work could have been achieved without the support – both financially and in kind - we have received from a range of groups and volunteers.

Vice Chair Mary MacPherson added: “Special mention must go to the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre, Urban Fox, Rogart SAS, Thenue Housing, Tesco, Aldi and Morrisons who did such fantastic work. Working together we have all tried in our own way to make a difference.

“We want to take this opportunity of wishing everyone a happy and safe Christmas and a wonderful New Year from us all at Calton Area Association.”