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Current events

A Festival of Carols and Readings for Christmas

10th December 

Doors Open 2.30pm

On Sunday 10th December - 2.30pm start we have a festival of carols for Christmas

Come and see Tean community singers, Great Wood and St Thomas school choirs and Uttoxeter town brass band.

free admission, bring all the family and join in a christmas celebration.

Checkley Parish Santa Sleigh Route

11th December 

From 5pm

I'm excited to announce that Santa's sleigh will be visiting Upper Tean on December 11th, starting from 5 pm! 

However, due to securing Santa's sleigh for just one magical evening, the route will be a bit different from the usual.

Santa will follow the main routes around the village of Upper Tean (Blue route on the map), and will make several stops along the way (Santa hats on the map).

Santa's first stop will be Great Wood Hall from 5pm.

A live tracker of Santa on his journey will be released on Monday 11th just before he begins the journey.

Past events

Great Wood Community Hall's Christmas Fayre

2nd December 2023

On Saturday 2nd December - 10am start we had our very own Christmas fayre. 

The community came to see santa, warmed up with a nice hot drink and shopped for that perfect gift, MP Jack Brereton even popped along.

Checkley Parish festival of lights

1st December 2023

entertainment and stalls opened from 4pm at Great Wood Community Hall, followed with a Light Procession from St Thomas Catholic Primary School leading to Great Wood Community Hall

The community came to see santa, and our festival of lights, they took part in the light procession, listened to some beautiful live music and school choirs, joined in with Christmas carols, visited the stalls and watched the pyrotechnics.

Our Very own Spooky Fancy Dress Halloween Party

28th October

On Saturday 28th October 2023 - 6pm till late we had our very own Halloween Party

People arrived in their best most spooky Fancy dress, had fun with a Disco, lots of Halloween Games, Raffles and Best Dressed Prizes

Everyone brought their Own Drinks & Food and had a really good night

An OUTSIDE Stories Exchange project - Telling Tales in Tean 

29th September, 30th September & 1st October 2023

Connecting communities, landscapes and myths 

Storyteller Ian Douglas and shadow puppeteer Jo Douglas researched local myths and legends and arrived in Tean with a selection of local tales to tell. 

Over three days, Ian and Jo performed and facilitated work-shops encouraging local people to tell their own tales about their community. 

Ian and Jo will then weaved these narrative threads into a new tale performed back to the village residents in a storytelling finale

 Queen's Jubilee Cream Tea 2022

Checkley Parish Christmas Lights Switch on

Checkley Parish Community Trails

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