Brighten up the village

Belton Parish Council is calling on residents to brighten up the village by decorating their homes with Christmas lights.

Unlike most other villages in the Isle of Axholme, Belton hasn’t got a suitable central point for a village display and lights along the main A161 trunk road are deemed to be a distraction to drivers.

Since 2000, the parish council has organised an annual Christmas lights competition for residents to decorate their homes.

There is no formal entry procedure and parish councillors will be out and about in the run up to Christmas to select this year’s winners.

Decorated domestic properties are eligible for the competition and prizes will be awarded to the best decorated homes in the villages of Beltoft, Belton and Sandtoft.

David Neale, chair of Belton Parish Council, said: “Our Christmas lights competition is always popular.

“By offering prizes, we like to reward those who go the extra mile to bring a real festive feel to the village at Christmas. 

“We can only consider homes for the prizes, but hope that as many of our businesses will enter into the festive spirit with decorations too.”

The winners will be invited to pick up their awards at the parish council meeting, held on Tuesday, January 15, at Belton Public Hall.