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Borough Green Christmas Lights Festival

Borough Green has a history of volunteering, going back before the War, and this spirit continues in our Christmas Lights and Festival. Planning starts in February, rising to a crescendo during the construction in November, to the Switch On Festival on the last weekend in November.

The organisers over the last few years, have been Shirley Garnett and Celia Gibbs, aided quietly by their spouses Bob and Mike, and have raised the profile from a small village get-together to a major festival and street party attracting visitors from across the county, with Bands, Father Christmas, a funfair and much, much more. This year we are sponsored by the Sevenoaks Chronicle, and celebrities from the Sevenoaks Playhouse production of "Wind in the Willows" will be meeting the villagers, and helping to switch on the lights.

When Shirley and Celia retired, Sandra Gould took over. (She is a Drop-in Volunteer, and involved with many other parts of village life).


 

Young People In Action Again

Pictured here with Nick Taylor are L-R Leian Davies, responsible for garland assembly, Taylor Rothwell from the cherrypicker crew, and Aiden Davies who has been running out the decorations with Nick in the truck.


 

Santa's Little Helpers

Anastasia, Jade and Taylor worked all Saturday, and Sunday morning , along with other young people, helping the volunteers put up our Christmas Lights. They are here putting fresh bulbs in a garland before it is clipped above the shop-fronts. Every year more and more young people are becoming involved with the community lights effort, and the Joint has just bought 10 small fluorescent vests logo'ed "DA JOINT", and they have become this season's coolest accessory. Several of our young people worked as " mini-marshals" during the festival on crowd control, particularly at Santa's Grotto.


 

The Tree

The tree decorations have been updated again this year, using a little bit of extra colour from ropelights. The tree was planted as a Millenium Tree, funded by Borough Green Parish Council, after many years "scrounging" trees and planting them in a loaned Polkacrest skip full of sand . The tree was supplied by Bedgebury Pinetum and has been watered very carefully by John ever since.

The High St Borough Green 2004

The High St is the focal point for the celebrations, and is the first to receive the yearly improvements.

This year we proudly display 15 brand new flashing ropelight roundels, all built by volunteers, again assisted by our young people.

 
   
 

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