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In the Spirit

Norville Santa Dash

First off, Harriet Smith and Adrian Street were out and about in their festive knitwear at Dursley’s Christmas light switch on selling charity Christmas cards. The cards feature photographs of local Winter scenes taken by one of our very own glorious leaders, Mr Adrian Street himself who is something of an amateur photographer. If anybody’s interested in buying some of the cards please contact astreet@norville-opticians.co.uk. The cards have been sponsored by Norville and every penny you pay will go to the charity Insight (formerly Glooucestershire County Association for the Blind); a really good charity that does excellent work for the blind and partially sighted in Gloucestershire. For more information on the help that Insight offer see http://insight-glos.org.uk/.

The very next day was Stonehouse’s Christmas Goodwill Day ( Part sponsored by Norville) which had a fun fair, Santa, a lantern parade and some Norville employees dressed like idiots. Maria and Steve were there along with Maria’s two children and, for some reason, myself. Jarvis was a mini Santa and his older sister, Emily, was an elf – they got away lightly. Maria Kellett was dressed as a Christmas Tree, Steve Tilley was a turkey (no disparaging comment about Steve here, he was actually wearing an inflatable plucked turkey costume), and I was a Chrsitmas cracker complete with a tag that said “Pull for a bang” or something to that effect. The only thing that made me feel less of an wally was Steve’s costume. Thanks for that Steve. We were also selling cards for Insight.

I’m sorry to say that no photographs exist of us in our costumes.

Anyone who is aware of my vigorous fitness regime and commitment to any physical exercise that is going will surely be surprised at my absence from the Norville team at the Saltford Santa dash. This event is in its second year and Beth Bracey from Keynsham has again been part of the organising committee. The run saw over 630 Santa’s run a five mile course to raise money for the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent and hopes to raise over £14000 split between the two charities this year. For details on the event and to book your place for next year go to http://saltfordsantadash.webs.com/

Adrian, Harriet and Steve all took part in the run and we do have a picture of them below. For those of you that are interested in the relative sporting prowess of the Norville runners Steve came first (through the underhand method of sneaking in with the pro’s and getting himself a head start I’m told), followed by Harriet with Adrian bringing up the rear.

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