AN ADVENT calendar with a difference is coming to Thorp, Royton this December with the aim of adding some extra festive sparkle to the community.
Every night from December 1 – December 24, local residents are being encouraged to join in and ‘host’ an advent window as part of the Thorp Living Advent Calendar trail.
A new ‘window’ will be unveiled and illuminated each day until the complete trail of 24 are lit on Christmas Eve, and there’s still spaces available to sign up!
On how the scheme came about, event organiser Maura Cook said: “I recently moved to the area from a village in Lincolnshire where I have organised a similar event for the last two years.
“It was first mentioned to me by a friend who heard of another area that was doing it and though the first one was slightly last minute, we got some great momentum behind it.
“I really wanted to do this in Thorp for a couple of reasons: partly for my family to get to know our neighbours but also because I’ve seen how it can bring the community together.
“With coronavirus meaning a lot of the usual festive events are cancelled, a Living Advent Calendar is a way for us to fell connected but also to be part of something bigger.
“For this year, we are asking for volunteers from private homes to do a window but we would more than welcome any schools and local businesses who fancy doing one too.”
Despite being new to the area, Maura says that there has already been a great response to her Living Advent Calendar trail, but that there are still spaces available.
She continued: “We’ve had lots of people offering to do windows already, but we still looking for more people to do one to complete the trail.
“All you need to do is offer to host a window one night in December. Get creative and decorate however you want. You can do a theme or a scene, be as artistic or as simple as you like.
“When it’s your night, your window, with the day’s number displayed, will be lit up and unveiled at 5:00pm, so that each night one more window is added to the trail.
“It’s a great excuse to get out of the house and get into the festive spirit, or you can follow the trail on our Facebook page for a map of all the windows.”