SANTA EXPRESS 2021
For the 18th year running, the Poole Bay Rotary Santa Express will be out and about, bringing some much needed Christmas cheer.
As COVID is still around, we won't be knocking on doors this year.
We are looking forward to meeting you on the pavement, or if you're standing in your doorway or front garden, where we will come and see you with our donation bucket.
Update: as the elves aren't knocking on doors, the Santa Express is moving more quickly this year, so we'll be with you earlier than in previous years. We are taking 1 to 1.5 hours rather than 2 hours or more.
In particular, we are asking you to:
donate on-line via our JustGiving page, rather than cash on the night
observe the current COVID linelines
leave the pavement clear for the elves
Charities are still in desperate needs of funds, with falling income and even greater demands on their services. We hope you'll support our Santa Express once again this year, and to help you do it safely, we've set up an on-line facility via JustGiving.
All cash donated on the night will be given to the lead organisation for that evening. Money donated via JustGiving will be split equally between the participating organisations.
You can also donate at Tesco (Branksome) on Friday or Saturday 10/11 December. To find out more click here.
Just check the dates below to find the closest route to you.
(NB There are now two routes which are different from previous years'. The middle section of the Upton (west) route (Tues 21 Dec) and the end of the trip through Lower Parkstone (Wed 22 Dec) as shown on the accompanying maps)
Simply click on each route in the table below to access the map for that night. All our mid-week routes start about 6pm (5pm on Saturdays) and take about 2 hours to complete.
Just listen out for the music - you should be able to hear us as we approach!!
Please note that all timings are approximate and these together with the exact routes may vary depending on traffic conditions and weather. In the event of extreme weather an evening may be cancelled. We may also have to make changes if there are Government changes to the COVID-19 regulations.
For the regular updates, please check our Facebook page: @pooleyoungrotary
(With a reduction in the number of elves, we apologise if we are not able to reply to all your Facebook queries)
all our helpers are volunteers
all timings are approximate and are for guidance only
Date Route Lead Organisation Start time
Fri 3 Dec Longfleet Poole Rotary 6.00pm
Mon 6 Dec Oakdale Poole Bay Rotary 6.00pm
Wed 8Dec Upper Parkstone (north) HomeStart 6.00pm
Thur 9 Dec Canford Heath Poole Bay Rotary 6.00pm
Sat 11 Dec Broadstone Poole Lions 5.00pm
Wed 15 Dec Upper Parkstone (south) Dorset Mind 6.00pm
Thur 16 Dec Stanley Green Waste Not Want Not 6.00pm
Fri 17 Dec Hamworthy (east) Poole Bay Rotary 6.00pm
Sat 18 Dec Broadstone Poole Lions 5.00pm
Mon 20 Dec Upton (east) Upton community 6.00pm
Tue 21 Dec Upton (west) Upton Community 6.00pm
Wed 22 Dec Lower Parkstone Poole Bay Rotary 6.00pm
Thu 23 Dec Hamworthy (west) Parkstone Rotary 6.00pm
For those of you who live in Bournemouth, Westbourne Rotary have a range of routes they are running with their brand new Santa Sleigh.