Feast of en­ter­tain­ment in the vil­lage her­alds the start of fes­tiv­i­ties

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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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.

An­drew Welch

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