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Teddington Lights Up

Issue: November 2012, TW11

Teddington Lights Up

Santa’s coming to town on Thursday 29th November! Yes, at 6 o’clock at Elmfield House the Mayor, Cllr Rita Palmer, will switch on our town’s Christmas Lights and that’s the place to be. After a countdown lights will burst into life from the river to the Hospital with matching lights in The Causeway and Church Road. Already we hope lots of shops will have put small trees above their premises and have lit them.

Footfall to the main shops is what we’re after. Keeping shoppers coming here & buying here rather than going to Kingston, London or Richmond for that special festive gift. This year we aim to light one or two living trees on the green at the Hospital end of the street to link it in with the two trees already wired up in Elmfield Gardens. We’ve also lit columns in The Causeway, Church Road, Waldegrave Road and Ferry Road to make what our past Chairman, John Demont, christened “The Festive Way”. It will be really festive as we’ve got permission to close the High Street, Causeway and Church Road and divert the buses for a few hours on the night.

We chose the High Street as the bus services can loop round using the other main roads. It’s a massive effort and will allow us to have entertainment spilling out on to the road, pedestrians milling and enjoying all the free nibbles and sips along the way. We know it will be a little inconvenient for some residents but we hope you’ll get into the festive mood and come and join in.

We plan live music, reindeer rides, the Lifeboat, Santa in his Sleigh and lots of fun things. Many of the shops and businesses will be doing something special. A list of activities will be available from
the library.

We will start in the afternoon with Storytelling at the Library at 4pm. Choristers from Churches Together In Teddington will be outside Elmfield House at 5.30 wanting you all to come and join in well known carols. Our MC John Demont will introduce the Mayor who we hope will be accompanied by a top flight comedian. Then Sounds Familiar will play live for you.

Of course all this takes money and although the Council are very generous in giving us a grant we have to not only match it but double it. This year has been a hard one for many of our shops and some can’t be as generous as in the past but you can help. If you would like to help light up the town for Christmas then please send a cheque (made out to TEDDINGTON BUSINESS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION) for however much you can afford to: The Treasurer, Christmas Lights Committee, 152 Broom Road, Teddington, TW11 9PQ.

Following the success of last year’s Teddington Business Community Christmas indoor market as part of the Teddington lights Up event, we are happy to announce it will be on again this year. Richard Littledale at the Teddington Baptist Church has kindly welcomed us back and plans are already underway.

We have been speaking to a number of local businesses as well as some very talented people who make lovely craft items. You will be able to browse our stalls offering items such as: Cards, Candles, Christmas decorations, Christmas cakes and puddings,cushions, beauty products and much more..

In order to enhance your experience this year, we have created a separate skills area where you will be able to get some unique Christmas presents such as flower arranging courses/image consultations and see demonstrations from our local businesses to set you up for Christmas. A good time to pick up those last minute stocking fillers while soaking up the festive atmosphere.

Also don’t forget that Santa will be in his very popular grotto at Play Inside Out on Broad Street and the Park Lane ponies will be wowing the children on Causeway.