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Elmswell Elf 'secretly' delivers presents for a second year - and arranges a special fun day





A supermarket worker who became known as the Elmswell Elf for secretly delivering presents around her village - has been up to her old tricks again.

Tanya Utting has been delivering 300 gifts around Elmswell, near Bury St Edmunds, under the cover of dark since the start of this month.

This time she has been delivering activity books for children, as well as plants flowers and mini-trees for householders.

Tanya Utting, the Elmswell Elf with some of the activity books she has been delivering. Picture Richard Marsham
Tanya Utting, the Elmswell Elf with some of the activity books she has been delivering. Picture Richard Marsham

On Saturday, the mum-of-one also arranged a special day, called the The Give Hope Traditional Christmas Event, at the village’s Blackbourne Community Centre to help all those who might be struggling this Christmas.

Villagers donated gifts which were given away free as well as mince pies, biscuits, fudge, handmade Christmas tree decorations, hats gloves and scarves, and hot drinks.

There was also a bouncy castle.

“We had around one hundred people on the day,” said Tanya, 38.

“Villagers were very generous with their donations and the support was amazing.

"We also had the local choir singing Christmas carols.”

Elf helper, Amber Sawyer
Elf helper, Amber Sawyer
Eloise Gunby, eight enjoying the event.
Eloise Gunby, eight enjoying the event.
Alice Grimwood, eight
Alice Grimwood, eight
Villagers donated gifts for families
Villagers donated gifts for families

Tanya also started a village foodbank to which villagers have been donating.