Longbridge Town Centre to celebrate its first community event

By Tristan Harris Thursday 12 December 2013 Updated: 12/12 23:49

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Buy photos » Coun Andy Cartwright, Andrea Bolton - Longbridge’s property manager - Andy White - Sainsbury’s store manager - and Gianna Guida - the general manager at the Beefeater. Picture by Beth Sharp

THE FIRST community event to be held in the new Longbridge town centre will be a Christmas Craft Fair between 4pm and 8pm today (Friday) and from 10am to 4pm tomorrow (Saturday).

It has been organised by Coun Andy Cartwright in conjunction with local businesses and is being hosted by developer St Modwen.

Visitors will be able to browse a variety of stalls at the local crafters’ market, including one-off handmade crafts, unique jewellery and trees made completely out of chocolate.

There will also be a fair, performances by local schools and community groups and a Santa’s grotto where youngsters will be able to present Father Christmas with their present lists and have their photograph taken with him.

A raffle to raise funds for the South Birmingham Young Homeless Project boasts a number of prizes, including a luxury £100 hamper donated by Sainsbury’s, a brand new MG car for the weekend, plus two family meals from both the Beefeater and Hungry Horse.

The winners of St Modwen’s community art competition, ‘What Longbridge Means to Me’, will be revealed, with the winning and highly commended entries being displayed in one of the town centre’s retail units.

The four winning creations have been printed onto Sainsbury’s bags for life, which visitors will be able to take away.

Tomorrow in Sainsbury’s, local groups including members of Betel of Britain and St David’s Brownies will be singing classics from ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Little Donkey’ to ‘Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer’ and other festive favourites. The brownies will also be bag-packing throughout the day.

Santa will be at Longbridge’s Sainsbury’s on Sunday and there will be free festive face-painting.

Coun Cartwright said: “Having lived in Longbridge for many years, it’s incredibly exciting to watch the new town centre coming together as more and more shops open their doors and a thriving community develops in the area.”

Last week it was announced a 150,000sq ft Marks and Spencer store would anchor the next phase of the town centre project, creating up to 350 jobs. Building work, subject to planning, is due to start in mid-2014.

For more on Longbridge Town Centre, visit www.longbridgebirmingham.co.uk/life, call 0121 222 5554 or email longbridgehelpdesk@stmodwen.co.uk.

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