Lowton’s Christmas lights were switched on last week and have really brought a festive feeling to the town!
Despite all the challenges of fundraising throughout the pandemic, this year the lights are bigger and better than ever – and it’s all thanks to a joint effort involving the community, local councillors and businesses.
The idea of lighting up a large tree in St Luke’s Churchyard first came a few years back from Tracy Leach and the Local Living Group. Each year, funding has to be found to pay for the lighting and there is usually a switch-on event, too.
This year, of course, no switch-on event could happen, but the Local Living Group have worked hard to raise the funds neccessary for the lights by other means – including a Fundraising Raffle which is still open for anyone wanting to enter until the week before Christmas.
As well as the tree, lights are also decorating the crossroads near the Hare & Hounds and Ram’s Head pubs, and there are shooting stars on the lamposts at the Co-Op car park. The group have also donated a lovely tree and lights outside Lowton West School on Slag Lane.
Special thanks must go to Brian Worth Plant Hire, St Luke’s Church, The Ram’s Head, AV Electrical and Gillespie Thomas Property Ltd, owners of the Church Lane shops, who all supported the light this year. Funding was also secured from local councillors Kath Houlton, Gena Merrett, Yvonne Klieve and Susan Gambles from the ‘Brighter Borough’ fund. And of course, a big thank you to all the individuals who took part in the fundraising raffle to help raise funds for the lights. Well done everyone!
If you haven’t yet entered the raffle and would like to (you could win a cash prize for Christmas!) there’s still time. Find out more on the Local Living Facebook page.