Ladies’ il­lu­mi­nat­ing project

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

FOR years Char­ing has proudly boasted hav­ing the best vil­lage Christ­mas lights in Kent. This year will be no ex­cep­tion when il­lu­mi­na­tions and fes­tive trees will again dec­o­rate the en­tire vil­lage at a cost of more than £5,000. Credit for the an­nual fund-rais­ing drive to pay for the il­lu­mi­na­tions is down to a com­mit­tee of four – Anita Grudge, Mar­garet Sage, Linda An­der­son and Anne Winog­ard – who are known the Ladies of the Lights, but they could not do their work without the back­ing of the whole com­mu­nity. On Satur­day more than 70 peo­ple at­tended the lat­est lights fund-rais­ing evening in Char­ing Barn. Lata and Vin Pa­tel, who run the vil­lage stores helped by their daugh­ter Kru­pal and Mr Pa­tel’s fa­ther Ramesh, and a team of vil­lage vol­un­teers cre­ated and cooked a se­lec­tion of cur­ries, with the feast rais­ing £570 for the fund. Now they are plan­ning fur­ther events in­clud­ing a magic night, en­ter­tain­ment evening, and cof­fee morn­ing, be­fore the Novem­ber launch of this year’s lights in time for the early ar­rival of Fa­ther Christ­mas to the vil­lage.

Anita Gudge and Anne Winog­ard, half of the Ladies of the Lights Pic­ture: Martin Apps pd1487744

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