Businesses chip in to make sure lights are switched on
Gerrards Cross Christmas Fair will be sparkling with festive colour thanks to new lights
Earlier this year, Gerrards Cross Traders’ Association warned that without additional funding to pay for the rental of new lights, Packhorse Road would not be lit up for the festive season due to safety concerns about the previous lights.
After an appeal to local businesses, B P Collins LLP, Nexus IT, Nunn Hayward, Tesco and Waitrose have all provided funds, which together with donations from Gerrards Cross Parish Council and Bucks County Council, means the big switch-on event will still go ahead as planned on Wednesday December 2.
Traders’ association chairman, and branch manager of Waitrose, Ian Everett said that organising and fundraising for new Christmas lights in such a short space of time had presented challenges for the voluntary organisation.
He said: “Eye-catching and effective lighting decorations are such an integral part to any high street during the Christmas period and really help to get shoppers into the festive mood.
“When we were told our existing lights were no longer fit for purpose, we were faced with the prospect of no lights at all this year. It was really down to this select group of established businesses being able to dig deep for the community and match fundthecouncil’sdonation, which will ensure that Gerrards Cross sparkles this Christmas.”
The traders’ association is planning to launch a new fundraising initiative next year called the Starlight Campaign to allow all businesses to contribute towards a Christmas lights scheme on a longer basis.
It is hoped
by spreading the cost across all the village’s shops and businesses, the whole area will benefit from the main shopping area of Gerrards Cross looking its best.
The new lights will be switched on at the beginning of the Gerrards Cross Christmas Fair, which will take place on December 2 from 5.30pm onwards.
There will be late night shopping, complementary food and drinks, and games and prizes on offer around the village.
The annual event is organised by the Rotary Club of Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter and the Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins, and raises money for community projects and charities.
Francesca Stec (Nexus IT), Ian Hopkins (BP Collins), Jackie Nolan (Tesco), David Jordan (Nunn Hayward) and Dan Rozario (Waitrose).