Santa Claus is coming to Sidcup - find out when he'll be visiting your road here
PUBLISHED: 12:16 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:00 20 November 2017
Dozens of roads will receive a visit
Santa Claus’ sleigh will be pulled through the streets of Sidcup throughout next month as part of an annual fundraising tradition.
In the build up to Christmas Day, the Rotary Club of Sidcup is preparing its annual round of street collections, starting on December 1.
The 35-year-old sleigh, complete with Santa Claus himself and a host of merry elves will tour the streets, playing festive music while Santa meets children and hands out sweets.
Rotarian Bill Belsham was part of the team that built the club’s sleigh back in 1982.
He said: “It has stood up remarkably well over the years. It has a music system and lights powered by an onboard generator.”
Last year, the street collections raised an amazing £12,000.
John Bilke, who has been the club’s very own Santa for the past 20 years, said: “It’s wonderful to see the smiles on the faces of the children and some of the children I visited all those years ago now have children of their own.”
Residents will be able to track the sleigh’s whereabouts with a GPS tracker, so anyone looking to donate or remind Santa of their Christmas lists will know when he will be pulling into their road.
Roger Watson, who is carrying out final safety checks on the sleigh, said: “Many of our club members turn out to help with collections over the Christmas period and as well as our door to door street collections we shall be appearing at railway stations some early mornings and Ruxley Manor Garden Centre on a couple of weekends. Our first outing will be at the Kemnal’s Own Scout headquarters Christmas Fayre on Saturday, November 25 from 10am to 4pm.
Santa Claus and the Rotary’s sleigh will be appearing on the following dates:
December 1: Marlborough Park Av, Burnt Oak Lane, Colindale, Montrose Av, Cavendish Av,.
December 4: Rutland Av, Sherwood Av, Harcourt Av, Rowley Av, Ramillies Rd.
December 7: Hurst Rd, Chaucer Rd, Canterbury Av, Blenheim Rd, Abbeyville Rd.
December 8: Willersley Av, Haddon Grove, Cedar Av, Beech Av, Burnt Oak Lane, Elmcroft Av.
December 11: Annerdale Rd, Beverley Av, Oaklands Rd, Harlborough Av, Woodlands Av, Wyncham Av.
December 12: Days Lane, Norfolk Crescent, Berwick Crescent, Roseberry Av, Corbylands Rd.
December 13: Longmeadow, Brookend Rd, Old Farm Av, Halfway St, Pinewood Av.
December 14: Valliers Wood Rd, Ellison Rd, Crombie Av, Overmead Rd, Avery Hill, Sidewood Rd.
December 15: Harland Av, Brooklands Av, Dulverton Av, Brendon Rd, Frensham, Margarets Av.
December 18: Marechal Neil Av, Dulverton, Harland Av, Gloucester Av, York Av, Little Birches, Longlands, Parkhill Rd.
December 19: Selbourne Rd, The Drive, Farwell Rd, Wren Rd, Faraday Av, Walton Rd.
December 21: Upperton Rd, Langdon Shaw, Tyron Way, Felton Lea, Sidney Rd, Orchard Rd, Clifton Rd, Northcote Rd.
December 22: Manor Rd, Priestlands Park, Crescent Rd, Sandhurst Rd, Christchurch Rd, Hamilton Rd, Victoria Rd.
Once collections get underway on December 1 Santa can be tracked in the evenings by visiting www.rotaryclubofsidcup.org/christmas.