Hun­dreds at fes­tive event

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple got into the fes­tive spirit when a vil­lage’s Christ­mas lights were switched on.

The event took place in Den­ham Vil­lage on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 12, and started off with a lan­tern pro­ces­sion by chil­dren from Gay­hurst School, in Ger­rards Cross, and was fol­lowed with car­ols sung by young­sters from Den­ham Vil­lage In­fant School, as well as the Holy Name Choir, Den­ham Di­vas and St Mary’s Church Choir.

It was or­gan­ised jointly by the parish coun­cil and the Den­ham support group for Thames Val­ley Hospice to raise money for the cause.

Busi­nesses set up stalls in the street of­fer­ing mince pies, ginger­bread, candy, Christ­mas crafts, drinks, a hog roast and a bar­be­cue.

Caro­line Turner of Tatling End was one of those who at­tended.

She said: “It was a won­der­ful event and it was nice to see that it was so well at­tended.

“The chil­dren loved it and it is great to see so many peo­ple com­ing to­gether to support the vil­lage.”

Sylvia Jef­ferys of the parish coun­cil’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­mit­tee, said: “The com­mu­ni­ca­tion com­mit­tee were de­lighted when Paul Wil­liams of the Thames Val­ley Hospice support group ap­proached the coun­cil to help or­gan­ise the event.

“As a group, they are used to or­gan­is­ing such events and we knew they would be able to help us pro­vide the vil­lage with a won­der­ful event.

“The evening has been truly amaz­ing and I thank each and ev­ery one of those on the or­gan­is­ing team for their ef­fort.”


ON STAGE: (Clock­wise from above) Young­sters per­form at the event; Bethany and Jack Jef­ferys tuck in; a big crowd turned up for the evening; Lucy Hazell, 12, with Jack and Bethany Turner, four

BIG DAY: (Above) Ge­or­gia Vosey, 10, won a com­pe­ti­tion to turn on the Christ­mas tree lights; (right) Fa­ther Christ­mas emerges from the Fal­con Inn, Den­ham

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