Drake's pupils meet St Nick as he stops off at village community shop

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 December 2019

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Peter Bowler

Children in East Budleigh got the chance to visit Father Christmas in their very own village.

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Pupils from Drake's Primary School filed in to East Budleigh's community shop, at the village hall, for the chance to give Santa any last-minute advice for their Christmas Day gifts.

Each child was given a present as a keep-sake from their encounter with Father Christmas.

He was visiting the community shop - first set up 11 years ago - in what has become an annual tradition for children of the village.

Drake's Primary School recently re-launched as an academy and joined the Links Academy Trust along with fellow Otter Valley school Otterton Primary School.

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

East Budleigh Community Shop moved into its village hall home six years ago thanks to the help of village volunteers.

Produce is kept at a lower price point than many other village shops and some supermarkets.

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

Father Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter BowlerFather Christmas pays a visit to East Budleigh Community Shop to hand out presents to pupils from Drake's Primary School. Picture: Peter Bowler

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