Christmas comes early to Keynsham's Tintagel Close
Residents at Keynsham’s Tintagel Close came together for a Christmas celebration in December – welcoming Santa himself to the event.
The community gathered around a Christmas tree installed in the courtyard of the flats for the occasion and decorated with baubles made by young residents at Queens Road Methodist Church.
They sang carols and tucked into mince pies and mulled wine before Santa arrived on his sleigh with his helpers from Keynsham Lions to hand out presents to the children.
The event on December 13 was organised by residents and town councillor Dave Biddleston with support from Queens Road Methodist Church, which provided the refreshments, and housing association Curo, which donated the tree and funds to buy the presents, which were then individually wrapped by Keynsham Town Council staff.
It comes some months after the community spoke out about their concerns over security, disrepair and anti-social behaviour in and around the flats – which followed a large fire in the bin store at the site over the summer.
Resident Sharon Tucker said the event was a sign of growing community spirit and that a meeting had been organised in December to discuss setting up a residents’ association for Tintagel Close. She said: “We are being listened to, which is the most important thing. Everyone has really come together for this event – we need to make it more of a community again and then I hope any issues will sort themselves out.”