A Letter from Nantwich

October 2008                                                                                        

Once a year - or all year round?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The street scene in Beam Street . . . in mid October

NOTICE anything odd about the picture above which was taken in Beam Street, Nantwich, on October 16, 2008?

   Blue skies, sunshine - both unusual these days, when the weather has gone mad, in that its late even for an Indian Summer. But take a closer look above street level. Yes, those are Christmas decorations.

   True, they are not lit (I don't think they're the lighting type) but the powers-that-be have beaten even the keenest of the domestic Christmas lovers who like to be the first to have the Christmas tree in place by erecting it on December 1.

   

 The view along Church Lane early in November.

 

   Not that Nantwich is alone. The town of Coleford in Gloucestershire hit the headlines when they had even more obvious Christmas decorations up even earlier - Father Christmas, trees, tinsel, the lot.  

   Their excuse? They were put up by volunteers and "it takes so long to put up the decorations we have to start early". Also, they can only work on Sundays. And for health and safety reasons - all those  checks that have to be made"

  It is already the case that decorations (such as the snowflake, left) stay up all year round - for cost reasons? Maybe this new lot will not be taken down after Twelfth Night. The metalwork by which Christmas trees are attached to shop fronts have also become a permanent fixture.

   I do know that it is the Lights Switch-on Evening on The Square on Saturday 22nd November, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, but surely it doesn't take five weeks to put up the town's decorations?     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Christmas tree goes up in The Square on November 18, ahead of the switch-on of the lights on the 22nd. 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Anne's Church has all-year-round festive decoration too

I WAS surprised to see the Roman Catholic Church of St Anne at Nantwich with a Christmas star decoration already in place in September.

   But it was not the case that it had gone up early. I am assured by a local resident that it was put up for last year's festive season and wasn't taken down on Twelfth Night. 

 

Where did all the fruit seasons go?

"To every thing (turn, turn, turn) there is a season (turn, turn, turn) . . ." says the song.

   That is no longer the case. I see that some superstores are already selling mince pies, and that hot cross buns have forsaken Easter (well, Good Friday, anyway) and seem to be available all year round.

   Chocolate eggs, at least the cream-filled ones, are another year-round treat.

   Remember when you knew it was July because there were strawberries in the shops? Now they, too, are on sale for much (if not all) of the year. It's no fun any more.

  No sense of something to look forward to

   The one fruit that I wish could have a longer season is the Victoria plum, which I can honestly say is my favourite plum.

   [UPDATE to 2020: Other similar plums are around at the same time as the Victoria plum but, while they are similar, they are not the quite the same.]

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