Santa brings early Christmas cheer to Palmer Garden Centre

On Thursday 27 November, Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor Glyn Bridges, joined in the celebrations at a festive event held at Palmer Gardens centre. The Trowbridge-based social enterprise was transformed into a winter wonderland to kick off the Christmas season. Residents visited Palmer Gardens on Thursday evening to watch the annual Christmas lights switch-on.
Local children were delighted that Father Christmas took time out of his busy schedule to take part in the festive celebrations and help raise funds for vulnerable people in the town to gain new skills and find employment.?Palmer Gardens is a community social enterprise that supports disabled and disadvantaged people from Trowbridge to improve their skills, gain qualifications and find fulfilling work. The social enterprise is run by national employment, learning and skills charity, Shaw Trust. All proceeds raised at Palmer Gardens are fed back into the charity so that more disabled people will have a chance to embark on rewarding careers and live independently.
Free to attend and open to all, the evening featured children?s entertainment and a Christmas sing-along led by a local choir. Guests were treated to mulled wine and mince pies at the event, and enjoyed a rousing festive shout from Trowbridge Town Crier, Trevor Heeks.?The Christmas event also provided Palmer Gardens loyalty members the opportunity to benefit from special offers. The festive evening also helped to highlight Shaw Trust?s work in the local community, showcasing the charity?s services across Wiltshire.
Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor Glyn Bridges, said: ?Having served the people of Trowbridge for so many years, Palmer Gardens has become an important part of communal life in the area. The centre brings the community together, helping those in need, while boosting the prospects of the area and fostering a strong sense of community spirit and pride in the process. The centre?s annual Christmas lights switch-on is fast becoming a well-loved tradition; providing everyone from Trowbridge and the surrounding communities the chance to celebrate the festive season and give back to society.?
Simon Harpin, Palmer Gardens general manager, added: ?Palmer Gardens? annual Christmas lights switch-on is a much-loved tradition in the local area. It was great to see so many people from the community coming together to celebrate the start of the festive season. Palmer Gardens provides important support to disabled and disadvantaged to gain skills and find employment not just at Christmas but the whole year round. The event was a great opportunity for Trowbridge and the surrounding community to raise money for those less fortunate.?

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