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ITV News Anglia 'Community at Christmas' special 2017

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Thursday night's programme will come live from the Cambridgeshire village of Gamlingay for the latest in our look at Community at Christmas.

The village, just south of St Neots, has come up with a range of solutions - including an Eco Hub which uses heat generated from renewables.

All this week we've been looking at different aspects of 'Community at Christmas', and on Thursday's show we will be celebrating community champions across the East as well as talking to experts about things like financial advice and how to deal with strains on relationships at this time of year.

  • Why are towns and villages increasingly turning to Community projects?

Some towns and villages have been left with no choice but to take on Community projects, with a lack of finance playing a big role.

In fact, recent figures obtained by ITV News Anglia revealing the spending power of councils in the Anglia region has fallen by nearly three quarters of a billion pounds in the past three years.

Residents of the village of Great Paxton in Cambridgeshire decided to open their own community shop after their local store closed down five years ago, and it's proved to be a valuable lifeline for people who are unable to travel elsewhere.

  • How does loneliness affect people at Christmas and what is being done about it?

Christmas can be a hard time of year if you live alone, and chronic loneliness is estimated to affect 10 percent of our older generation.

However, a group of people in Sawtry near Peterborough are doing their best to tackle the problem by throwing a party to ensure that everyone has someone to talk to on Christmas Day.

All this year's 40 places have already been snapped up and ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper has been to meet the organisers ahead of the big day.

  • Behind the scenes picture gallery
The ITV News Anglia presenting team run through their scripts ahead of the programme. Credit: ITV News Anglia
ITV News Anglia reporter Emily Knight checks the camera is working OK! Credit: ITV News Anglia
Presenters Jonathan Wills and Becky Jago rehearse their lines. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The technical team start to assemble all of the equipment. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The programme will be coming from various locations in the village. Credit: ITV News Anglia
The weather in Gamlingay has been kind to us! Credit: ITV News Anglia
Jonathan and Becky meet locals in the pub. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Becky practices as darkness falls over Gamlingay. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Becky and weather presenter Aisling Creevey huddle for warmth. Credit: ITV News Anglia