Feast of entertainment in the village heralds the start of festivities
CHALFONT ST PETER is set to welcome the festive season tomorrow (Friday) at its annual Christmas fun night.
Organised by Feast of St Peter, the event has been a long standing tradition in the village at this time of year.
With support from the parsh council, Market Place and The Vale will be closed to traffic from 4.30pm to 9pm and will be floodlit for the evening.
The Christmas lights will be switched on at 6pm, officially starting the evening, while Lovel End School, Robertswood School, St Joseph’s School and the Chalfonts Community College will be carol singing from a stage outside Budgens supermarket.
A children’s fun fair will be in operation in the St Peter’s Court Precinct, and Spotlight Musical Theatre School, the Gold Hill Vocal Group and the Chalfont Wind Band will also be singing.
councillor Mike Day, who sits on the Feast Day committee, highlighted the importance of the event for the village. The Christmas fun night offers local businesses a boost by showing those who work and shop elsewhere what is on offer locally.
He said: “This is an opportunity for the retail establishments show what’s on offer, and that’s really why the evening was created.
“It’s an opportunity for the people to see what’s happening in the village.”
He added: “This event means people come out and realise what’s here.
“Hopefully if they like what they see they will come back and do some shopping.”
Andrew Welch, chairman of the Chalfont St Peter Chamber of Commerce, echoed Mr Day’s comments.
Most people, he said, work and shop elsewhere, meaning they do not get the chance to explore what Chalfont St Peter has to offer.
He said it is a shame as villagers are ‘very lucky’ to have such a thriving local centre.
He added: “It’s a great opportunity for those people to come and spend a special evening here, show them that there are things in the village centre and find out what’s there.
“There’s hardly anything that you can’t buy in Chalfont St Peter.
“That’s the main reason, it’s raising awareness of what we have got underneath everybody’s noses.”
The event is scheduled to finish at 8.30pm.
There will be no parking in Market Place after 2pm.