Plans for Covid-safe Nativity trail at town rec

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The trail is suggested for New Milton recreation ground

FAMILIES could soon be able to read about the traditional Christmas story while stretching their legs on a proposed Covid-secure Nativity trail in New Milton.


Members at a recent online full meeting of the town council welcomed a proposal by Liz Bastable, children and family worker at Gore Road’s New Life Church, for the recreation ground to host the contactless attraction.

In a letter to the council, Ms Bastable said the idea was to provide a fun festive activity for parents and youngsters who have missed out on many other events this year due to the pandemic.

She thought the green off Whitefield Road and Old Milton Road was an ideal location, and explained how visitors would follow a short route marked out by seven signs.

Illustrated with images of characters from the nativity story, each would include a QR code to be scanned by smartphones to unlock a page of fun activities and questions.

The trail would be aimed at the whole community, as well as families from the New Life Church and surrounding churches.

“We have seen Covid-19 hit families hard this year, with very few activities on for children and families,” Ms Bastable wrote.

“We think this trail would be a good, free and safe opportunity to spread a bit of Christmas joy as well as engage children and families with their community.”

Councillors agreed town clerk Graham Flexman should contact Ms Bastable to pursue the proposal.

Cllr Geoffrey Blunden said: “I think this is a brilliant idea – as long as it ticks all the boxes on being Covid-safe, which it seems to do.

“Anything which supports the community like that, I would welcome.”