Three years ago, the association purchased Christmas lights to put up on the lamposts throughout the villages in Almondbury and Lepton. To celebrate their return each year, we have enlarged the christmas light switch on with a street party. We close the roads, hire live music, provide food and drink, through local businesses. As well as ths, we arrange for Father Christmas to appear on his sleigh for the children to enjoy. We plan to have stalls and shops specially opening for the event, in Almondbury and Lepton towards the middle of November this year. This has created a festive atmosphere for all the community to enjoy last year, and we feel sure that it will have the same impact this time around.
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Why it's a great idea:
We believe events like these are essential to foster a sense of belonging in our community. Local people have come to speak to us after previous Christmas light events, and thanked us for running them, as these two communities rarely have events which bring together the local community. We anticipate this event will create alot of excitment and a festive atmosphere. It is also an opportunity for local businesses to provide indoor and outdoor stalls, and for local shops and businesses to extend their opening hours, creating a real boost for them leading up to Christmas. We have had very positive feedback on the impact these events have made on the small local businesses. These events see over 30 local volunteers turn up to marshal the celebration, including local councilers and members of other voluntary groups who recognise the significance of the event. There will be singing, dancing, mince pies, hot chocolate, and it is the closest Almondbury and Lepton will get to Glastonbury!
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About the space
Almondbury and Lepton high streets