Santa and the Rotary Club of Brightlingsea & District would like to thank the following for their most generous help in making the 2020 refit and annual maintenance of his sleigh possible.


Tracey House-Barton and Joyce House in memory of the late Brian House, one of the originators of the Brightlingsea Santa Sleigh runs who remained an enthusiastic supporter throughout his life

Britau Scaffold Ltd, whose Managing Director Colin Gould supports Rotary projects throughout the year

Alice Davies, President of the Rotary Club of Brightlingsea & District Rotary Club

Peter & Shirley Bloomfield, longstanding Rotary members and sleigh supporters

Vivien Chapman, incoming President of Brightlingsea & District Rotary Club

Official Suppliers

Mersea Trailers Ltd, for their help in finding a new trailer base for the sleigh at a very special price

Brightlingsea Sailing Club, for providing workshop space for the refurbishments to be carried out

Brightlingsea Boarding Kennels & Cattery, for providing year round storage for the sleigh and looking after the reindeer

Marks Tey Radio, for looking after the sound system

French Marine Motors, for supply of fastenings and fixings

AP Engineering, for supplying the new rain canopy framework

We Love Pets Colchester who sponsored the production of the clear fabric rain canopy


David Gibbons, for Project Managing the refurbishment of the sleigh

Paul Aldrige, for providing joinery services during the sleigh refit

Richard Beavis, for providing electrical services during the sleigh refit

John Malone, for providing sleigh signage

All the many Elves and Rotary Members who provid help with lifting, shifting, cleaning, painting and generally maintaining the sleigh.

Fiona Brown, who runs a mean spreadsheet, helps coordinate the schedule and publicity and wields the paintbrush

And last but by no means least Rotarians Ray Stollery and Roger Abrams, who have led the sleigh project for many years and who continued provided invaluable support and advice, overseeing all the sleigh operations.

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