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Easington Colliery – The Santa Sofa

Here in Easington Colliery there is an old tradition of putting out a chair for Santa Claus to sit on.
It started because during the Winter months, coal fires were kept alight even during the night, and no one wanted Santa Claus to burn his bum when he came down the chimney.
The tradition started in the 1920’s with a simple dining chair placed out in the back yard. Just because Santa couldn’t use the chimney, didn’t mean he wasn’t a welcome visitor.
Easington CollieryOver time more and more elaborate seating has been employed. Now there is even talk of placing a fully made up bed in the back yard, so that Santa Claus can have a quick nap. Santa Sofa with a Sea View Easington Colliery

It may not be the Mediterranean Sea, but this Santa sofa was placed in an excellent position with a wonderful view of the sea – the North Sea. Well, Santa Claus lives in the North Pole so he must enjoy cooler climes. The owners of this sofa were obviously very thoughtful. 

Anthony Street Santa Sofa
Easington Colliery

Delivering lots of Christmas presents to the residents of Easington Colliery is a tiring task, which obviously explains why this resident went the extra mile and offered a soft comfortable reclining sofa for Santa to rest on. Lovely!

Santa Sofa with Football Easington Colliery

Just in case Santa felt like getting some extra exercise, this seating area came complete with a football, and a privacy screen so that Santa could practice his ball skills. Oo’er missus!

Traditional Santa Chair but with Carpet and a Paddling Pool
Easington Colliery

Nothing but the best for Santa Claus at this location. A selection of chairs to choose from, and there was even a paddling pool – presumably to quench the thirst of the reindeers.

Standard Santa Sofa Easington Colliery

Standard sofa, but still exclusive. This sofa was cordoned-off for Santa only – the VIP area.

Cramped Santa Sofa
Easington Colliery

Oh dear! It looks as though Santa and his reindeer got a bit rowdy at this property. Maybe they were jostling for the comfiest spot on the sofa.

Weeding Needed – Santa Sofa Easington Colliery

Santa Claus probably gets fed up seeing snow everywhere when he’s in the North Pole, so this sofa was set out in a slightly more lush setting – lots of plants and grass.

Classic Black -Santa Sofa
Easington Colliery

This home clearly thought Santa Claus was a straight-forward, no-nonsense kind of man, so they offered him a classic black leather sofa on which to rest his weary bones.

Tracey Emin – Santa Sofa Easington Colliery

There’s always one! Someone who thinks outside the box, wants to get noticed, and makes that extra effort to impress. Clearly no expense was spared at this abstract sofa setting. Excellent work!

Blog post by Richard Randall

Stray Aid, County Durham – Coins for Canines

During the year we collect all of our spare coins in a large glass jar, until the jar is full, and then we put the money to good use.
Last year we gave the coins directly to the Stray Aid charity shop in Easington Colliery. This year we decided to convert the coins into food – food for hungry dogs.
IMG_3865I bagged up the coins and took them to our local Asda in Peterlee, where there’s a cash convertor machine. I poured the coins into the CoinStar machine, which converted them into a voucher valuing £10.29. It’s not a bad amount considering I rarely use cash to buy anything, which means I don’t get much loose change. IMG_3864
IMG_3863Then I used the CoinStar voucher to purchase a 12k bag of Wagg chicken and veg complete, and a large can of Chappie.IMG_3862
On the drive back home from Peterlee, I dropped the food off at the Stray Aid shop in Easington Colliery, so that they could forward it on to the rehoming centre in Coxhoe.
It was only a small donation, but every little helps, and if only 10% of Stray Aid Facebook fans did the same, they would equal a whopping 12,000kg of dried dog food a year. This roughly works out to feeding 60+ dogs every day for a whole year.
Hopefully I’ll collect even more loose coins next year, and be able to purchase even more food for the dogs at Stray Aid.

The Mrs and I adopted our two gorgeous dogs from Stray Aid. Barley the Lurcher and Porter the Rottweiler have changed our lives in so many ways, all for the better, and we can’t imagine life without them.
Stray Aid is a truly wonderful charity, they work very hard, and do so much to help abandoned and straying dogs, so if you ever want to add a furry friend to your family I highly recommend paying Stray Aid a visit.

Blog post by Richard Randall

Easington Colliery – Falling Apart at the Seams

During our morning walk with our dogs Barley and Porter we passed by The Spice of India take-away on Seaside Lane in Easington Colliery.
During the night a section of brick work on the top of the building had peeled away and crashed onto the road. It is a busy junction, so it is lucky that no one was hurt.
Easington Colliery

Blog post by Richard Randall