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18 Wickford Extra, Autumn 2011

Light Up Wickford IntroductionA

at work preparing this year’sChristmas lights and the events surrounding it. The Light Up Wickfordgroup is inviting the whole community to join them on Friday,December 9, for an evening of fun and entertainment. The evening will begin at 6pm with the St Luke’s Hospice Tree of Light ceremony.Achoir from a local primary school will take part in the ceremony, which gives residents the opportunity to remember loved ones. Lots of fun is planned throughout the evening

Members of the local community have been hard

Nevening of family fun will celebrate the light- ing up of WickfordHigh Street this Christmas.

with stalls and games and fairground rides for all ages –afirst for Wickfordthis year will be the addi- tion of an artificial ice-rink. Alive band will also be providing aselection of music, including much loved Christmas songs. Therewill also be two story times at Wickford Library,with mince pies and hot chocolate, and ‘Messy Play’ sessions at WickfordTriangle Children’sCentre, with free face painting for young children. Therewill be anumber of stalls dotted along the

traffic free High Street offering arange of gifts including crafts, as well as goods from charities

and organisations. Children can have apicture taken with Santa on his sleigh, and see characters from the Towngate Theatre’sproduction of ‘Dick Whittington’, who will also be helping celebrate. Shops along the High Street will also be staying

open late so that members of the public can do their Christmas shopping. If all that works up an appetite then therewill be anumber of outlets pro- viding food and refreshments all evening. The group wants to get everyone involved in the

coffee morning in Bar Plazma, High Street, Wickford, on Friday,November 18, from 10.30am until 11.30 am for anyone who would like to get involved in the event . Jill Profit, group member said: “As with all suc- cessful events it would not be possible without the help of volunteers. We would welcome you to come along and meet us to see if you areable to helping in any way to make our event even bigger and better than last year.” Anyone who would like to get involved in the

event, would like apitch for astall or to advertise on the ice-rink, can e-mail

event, including traders, shopkeepers, residents, churches and schools, to make it areal community celebration. Members of the group will be holding an informal

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