Busi­nesses chip in to make sure lights are switched on

Ger­rards Cross Christ­mas Fair will be sparkling with fes­tive colour thanks to new lights

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

that

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).

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