Community at Christmas from tree planting to carols

Festivities have been in full swing at many of the communities we work with, from Crest Nicholson garden villages Tadpole Garden Village and Kilnwood Vale to St Eval Park in Cornwall.  

Keep reading to find out more about Santa’s visits and a ‘meet your neighbours’ gathering – as well as a tree-mendous tree planting effort!  

In the meantime, may we also take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all of us at Preim – here’s to lots more community events like these Christmassy gatherings in 2019!  

Santa’s visit to Tadpole Garden Village  

Tadpole Garden Village residents battled the elements to show their support for the community’s inaugural Christmas lights switch on, on Sunday 2 December.  

Chris Tanner, Preim’s community mobiliser at Tadpole Garden Village, said: “It was brilliant to see so many of our neighbours for the event. Our thanks as a community goes to Preim for the mince pies, our Community Interest Company (along with Crest Nicholson and Preim) for the installation of our four Christmas trees – and to Santa for popping along too!” 

Tadpole Garden Village had, in fact, been into the Christmas spirit full-swing before the Christmas lights switch on with a Christmas Meet Your Neighbours and Quiz evening on Friday 30 November.  

Organised by host elves (and Tadpole Garden Village residents) Laura Mulcock and Coral van der Kamp, those taking part enjoyed a series of festive games. Residents even had to guess the scents of Brandy, Chocolate, Christmas Pudding, Cranberries, Frankincense, Myrrh, Orange, Pine, Sherry and Turkey! 

Mulled wine with friends and neighbours at Kilnwood Vale 

Santa has certainly been busy this year – on Friday 14 December he was at Kilnwood Vale in West Sussex too!  

Over 50 residents braved the wind and rain to visit Santa, as Kilnwood Vale community mobiliser, Anna Grimshaw said: “The children loved to see Santa, along with all the fabulous decorations and music. The weather may not have been on our side but it was brilliant to share a glass of mulled wine with friends and neighbours to welcome in the festive season!” 

Trees aren’t just for Christmas at St Eval Park!  

Although not strictly festive, we wanted to share the fantastic effort of the St Eval Park community too. Earlier this year we explored how St Eval Park residents were transforming a space to the north east of the development that was unkempt and littered into, in their own words, a “beautiful, educational and environmental space for the whole community to enjoy.” You can read the full story about the community project here 

On December 2nd the community pulled together to plant nearly 150 trees in their new green space!  Now that’s what we call a brilliant community effort, and that sums up the Christmas-spirit perfectly to us!  

Take a look through some of the photos from the tree planting, or visit the St Eval Community Land Project Facebook Page.