Christmas Lights Switch on – Friday 2nd December 2016

With the weather being kind once again, we had a record turnout of about 200 people, for the increasingly popular ‘Whitchurch Village Christmas Lights switch on’

For this year we decided to hold the major part of the event in Church Road, having arranged with BANES to close the road off.
This was to make the crowd safer, but also to allow the lovely Whitchurch Village School Choir to be heard without the disturbance of the A37 traffic.

At 7pm Father Christmas made his annual appearance from his open top car, and enthralled the crowd by leading a countdown to the lights switch on in the Millennium Garden, which almost went perfectly. As the crowd made its way up Church Road, the Choir gathered and sang 3 well known Christmas songs beautifully, with some fantastic solos, to great applause. Then all made their way to the Church Hall for mulled wine & soft drinks, whilst Santa gave out some small gifts to the children. We would especially like to thank the Choir of Whitchurch Village School for their fantastic entertainment.

Judging by the feedback, a ‘good time was had by all… And there was a real sense of a great Community Spirit which actually made the evening very special.

As always, we would like to thank all those who helped on the night (especially in the Church Hall where it was very busy),
Bob the PCSO, and Santa & his helpers for making the time to visit us. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over £100 to go towards SW Children’s Hospice.

We are planning to put on a similar event next year – the date is earmarked for FRIDAY 8th DECEMBER 2017 – so please watch this space for more news on the event, where we are looking to have some Christmas Carols to be sung by all, plus some other changes to help the enjoyment of this great community evening. So please put the date in your diary now, and if you fancy helping to organize the evening then please contact Sue Dyer at Whitchurch Village Council.

Thank you to all those who came along & really made the evening worthwhile