Elves on the lookout for mischief-makers
Published on: 28 Oct 2016
YOU may have heard a rumour about of a group of little people who are on the prowl in Downend.
Dressed in green and red, they are on a secret mission to monitor the behaviour of children in the lead up to Christmas.
They are likely to cause mischief and mayhem and it seems the police are not remotely interested.
For the little people are Santa's elves and they are currently preparing to take over King George V playing field in a few weeks' time when Downend mum Jemma Bateman hosts a festive elf hunt.
Jemma, 30, is currently on maternity and is filling her time selling elves ready for Christmas. She has been busy making elf accessories including magical elf doors, elf notes and sparkle dust.
The idea behind the elves is that they live in homes in the lead up to Christmas as part of an 'elf surveillance' initiative where they monitor the behaviour of boys and girls before reporting back to Santa on Christmas Eve.
She is hoping they will really take off with little ones and will help add to the magic of the festive season.
Jemma, who is mum to four-month-old Edie and two-year-old Mya, said: "I'm on maternity leave at the moment so have a bit of spare time and wanted to keep my brain busy. I've made frames for weddings and christenings before so I wanted to do something crafty. I'm really enjoying it and people seem to like them. I've had lots of interest so a lot of my time is taken up with making magical elf doors at the moment!
"I just want bring some fun and magic to Downend this Christmas and even better if the elves help promote good behaviour!"
Jemma's elf hunt takes place on Saturday November 26 from 10am-2pm. People taking part will be given a sheet of paper with jokes and they have to find the elves to find the answer to the jokes.
Entry to the elf hunt is £3 per child (over two) and £1 per adult. Children will receive a free gift.
For more information about the elves or the elf hunt go to www.facebook.com/elfinthehouse/