Brightening up Belton village

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

Unlike its neighbours, Belton hasn’t got a suitable central area for a village display and lights along the main A161 trunk road are deemed to be a distraction to drivers.

So since 2000, Belton Parish Council organises an annual Christmas lights competition for residents of Beltoft, Belton and Sandtoft to decorate their homes with a cash pot of £150 for the winners.

There is no formal entry procedure and parish councillors will be out and about on Monday December 19 to select this year’s winners. The winners will be invited to attend the parish council meeting on the following night (Tuesday December 20) to receive their prizes.

Parish council chairman, Councillor Tony Ferris said: “There’s enough doom and gloom around and this competition helps to brighten up the village and create a festive atmosphere. It grows more and more popular every year and we, as judges, always look forward to going round the village to see the displays.”

Only residential homes will be eligible for prizes however the council hopes commercial and retail premises will also join in the festive spirit.

* Belton Parish Council is looking to take on a handy person to carry out a number of jobs around the village. Full details about how to tender are on The deadline for tenders is Monday January 16.