Tenants in our sheltered schemes really entering into spirit of Christmas

Tinsel, baubles, dancing snowmen and big prize raffles – residents in our housing with support schemes across the city are loving Christmas!

Once again, Ron King House resident Lyn Tapscott has been dusting off her Christmas decorations and setting up a giant holiday display in her home.

The village display includes a working train, moving carousel and tiny figurine making snow angels.

She bought some extra decorations this year in the January sales.

Lyn always has plenty of visitors viewing her creation, which takes her a few days to put up.

She said: “Even the cleaners have been in and taken a photo. It’s getting bigger and bigger.

“I wanted to build a North Pole workshop with little elves sitting round a table with toys going round a conveyor belt but I couldn’t find the elves anywhere.

“I’m hoping to do it next year. If I can’t do that, I’d like to do a New York city street scene with an ice rink and tall buildings.”

Lyn’s neighbour, Scott Moy, may just be one of the most recognisable people in Plymouth thanks to his festive mobility scooter.

Scott’s vehicle is adorned with dancing snowmen and a Santa, flashing lights, tinsel and baubles and music blasts out at regular intervals.

Scott said: “I’ve been decorating it for eight or nine years. I’d go round town and see people looking miserable and thought I’d cheer them up. I’ve always been a bit zany.

“I think I may be the only person in Plymouth who does this. I didn’t do it one year and some of the kids were asking where they were.”

Other schemes have been holding parties and raffles to celebrate the festive season.

Husband and wife Colin and Sheila Turner, of Camels Head, have been collecting monetary donations since October and have been buying prizes for the scheme’s raffle.

The couple set up the current committee (Sunshine Marina) when they moved there.

Treasurer Colin said: “We do the raffle every year and it really brings the community together. It’s become more popular every year. We collect donations each week then go out and purchase prizes.

“We try to make sure everyone feels involved and for us it feels like such a close-knit community, which we’re really proud of.”

Plympton St Maurice residents also held a Christmas party and raffle, with money raised going towards their club, which organises events and trips throughout the year.

And after another twelve months of organising successful events, the Barbican Legends cooked a fantastic Christmas meal with all the trimmings at Brock House. This year, even more people had booked to attend which meant extra chairs and tables had to be borrowed to fit everyone in!

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