Dec 21 2015

HA:WI Women’s Institute Santa’s Grotto – A Cracking Success

christmas_lightsMembers of HA:WI Women’s Institute ran the Santa’s Grotto at West House for local children for the first time this year.

The event took place on Saturday 12th December, and the Grotto opened at 11 am in the Upstairs Gallery of West House, Pinner Memorial Park with the last entry at 3.30pm. It was £4 per child to see Santa, gift included and there was also a games and a cake stall. Many children came and enjoyed the event – all proceeds towards the new Heath Robinson Museum which is now half way through being built.

The event was sponsored by Gibbs Gillespie, the local estate agent who provided the £300 needed to buy presents for the children for Santa to give out.

The firm has already become a member of the Thousand Club and is now a Silver Patron, having donated money both to West House and more recently to the new Museum.

Cynthia Wells, Acting Chairman of The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust gave many thanks to the Harrow Womens Institute for all their work in organising the Grotto – she said: ”Without their good will it could not have taken place.”

James Gibbs said “We like to give something back to the community by supporting local initiatives. The Heath Robinson Museum is a very important venture run by a lot of hardworking volunteers who deserve support”. James also talked of how small independent firms are suffering and how he hoped that “The new prestigious Museum will bring people into Pinner and increase footfall of the shops and cafes, bringing benefits to all”.

The Trust hopes to see Santa’s Grotto again in Pinner in the future – there will be so much happening for children and young people centred round the new Museum, and this is just a start.


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