Oh my goodness! Its getting closer! SwitchOn is nearly here. In fact its only NINE more sleeps until Santa is coming to check out our lights and Switch on our Christmas Tree. I don’t know about you, but the excitement in our house is mounting all the time! Decorations to make, windows to decorate and lights to put up in the garden…… Its just non-stop!
When is the tree going up for our decorations?
Its all hands on deck this Saturday morning (28th Nov) when some volunteers are getting together by the village hall to raise the tree and anchor it in position. After that they will put a temporary fence around the tree ready for you to come down on Sunday morning (29th Nov) to hang your decorations on the tree.
When can I put my decoration on the tree?
If you can come down between 10.00 am and 1.00pm on Sunday morning there will be someone there to help you but if you can’t make it then, please leave your decorations in the box in the Bus Shelter at the end of Rectory Lane and we will pick them up to take down and hang on the tree. If you can put your name on your decoration that would be lovely. Please make sure you have attached something that will allow you to tie your decoration on to the tree securely. It can get very windy down there and we don’t want to lose yours.
What about the decorations at my house?
We really want everyone to have their Christmas lights and any Window Wonderland displays ready for the big SwitchOn on Friday 4th December. We think he will start his tour at about 6.30 on Station Road and then visit all the roads in the village from there. Santa has been in touch and confirmed that he is definitely coming to inspect our Adderley lights display – so exciting. He will tour around the village, with some of his elves and as he goes past he wants you to put on your Christmas lights so that he can check they are going to be bright enough for Rudolph to see on Christmas Eve.
Can I go down to watch Santa switch on the lights on the tree at the village hall?
We would love to say yes! But right now we are unsure what the rules are going to be about public gatherings, so we are suggesting that houses with children have priority, and, if they feel its safe to do so, parents can take their children down to the Green for just before 7.00pm, stay socially distanced and watch Santa do the SwitchOn. We are asking all other adults to stay away, and perhaps come down later in the evening to admire the tree and amble around the village to see everyone’s lights and window displays in a safe and socially distanced way.
To say we are excited today would be an understatement!
You will never guess what arrived in the post today – so watch the video to find out…….
So, our Christmas Lights Switch on is looking as if its going to be spectacular with a very important guest to switch the lights on and check out the quality of our village display.
More details to follow about the route, but get those light bulbs polished, make sure the windows are clean and gleaming, check any snowflakes are white and glistening and be outside your house standing to attention, with one hand on the light switch, when our special guest comes through!
Only 14 Days to go to the Big Switch on! Excitement mounts. We’ve had our first photograph of Christmas Decorations for the Tree from Jenny Wrathall. Jenny has been kind enough to share her creations and they’re an inspiration.
So don’t forget: take a picture of your tree decorations and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org Or via FB messenger to Adderley Village and we can include them in the gallery. Many thanks to Jenny for starting the gallery.
We thought you might like a few ideas for inspiration if you are thinking of decorating a window for the Adderley Christmas Lights. These links will take you to some images to inspire adults or children and some of them are really easy to achieve at very little cost.
If you have the Pinterest App you will be brimming with ideas from all the posts on there, but here is a link to a sample to view. If you are inspired you can download the Pinterest App and see how they were created.
Well, it’s the weekend, its raining, you are bored, you want a mini project, or you just want to give the children something to do. Why not use this opportunity to create your own decoration for the village Christmas tree using natural, or recycled household items?
We would love to have every home represented on the tree and we don’t want it to cost you a lot, and we though you might like to give yourself a pat on the back for doing some recycling too! Our very talented Lesley Hartnell has been busy creating some really simple ideas to inspire you below, but you can go wild and do something extravagant or exotic to really rev up the decorations if you want to. We would love that. Just remember they will need to be weatherproof and windproof though.
(Val Nash is going to put some bare willow garlands and a couple of stars outside Willow Lodge in Green Bank for people to pick up if they like the idea but don’t want to make the natural ones themselves. Keep an eye open!)
Have a look at the ideas below and PLEASE, read the instructions below the gallery as we want to be sure your creations are credited and also, allow people who may not be able to get down to see the tree if they are shielding or housebound, to enjoy seeing who took part. We really want everyone to feel part of this, event whether they can get out or not, so please offer to help anyone who may be struggling or isolated to take part. Thank you!
Take a moment to take picture of yourselves making the decoration then when the tree is up and the lights are in place (after weekend of 28th/29th November) go down and hang your decoration. Once again, don’t forget to take a picture then send them into email@example.com and we can have a gallery of your creations.
Adderley Lights Up is a way of everybody sharing in the spirit of the holiday season this Christmas in the face of pandemic restrictions. It’s hoped that in the absence of Carols Round The Village (an important annual fundraiser for Hope House) and the likely ban on singing in the church (a popular Christmas event) as well as the post carol service get-together in the Village Hall we could all share in something meaningful for the festive season and give us our sense of community.
Iain Wilson explains what we’re hoping to do and how you might like to join in.
If you know of somebody who doesn’t have access to the village website or Facebook page please download the flyer and give it to them.
Light up your garden: More and more people are lighting up their garden at Christmas so why not let your creativity run wild and light up your garden this Christmas so that when families walk around they can share in some of the excitement of Christmas decorations? We are hoping that everybody will switch on their decorations on the 4th along with the village tree.
Decorate a window: If lighting up your garden isn’t for you then why not decorate a window? This can be as simple or as adventurous as you like either traditional scenes or simple decorations placed in the window. It would be wonderful to create a window wonderland so that people walking round the village can enjoy these at the same time as they admire the Christmas lights. We will be putting links to ideas in the coming days to inspire you. The choice is yours. All to be unveiled on the 4th.
Make a decoration for the village tree: be as creative or as traditional as you like. In the coming weeks we will be posting ideas for up cycling household items or your imagination may run to original designs. We are hoping that once the tree is up people will take a picture of themselves hanging their decoration on the tree then we can put a gallery on the website. We will let you know when the tree is ready.
Finally, light up night: we’ve mentioned it already but on Friday December 4th we hope that everybody will switch on their decorations at the same time and light up Adderley. we will publish a route map and families will be able to go around and enjoy the celebrations.
In the coming weeks you will see posters round the village and we will be posting regularly on updates and with ideas.
After having our heads together for a long while we decided that we couldn’t decide. The pictures submitted for the poster competition were sooooo good that we have decided to use all of them. Yes! All of them.
Congratulations to Scarlett and Buster Keegan, Jacob and Samuel Corner and Amity Keegan whose pictures will appear on the publicity posters around the village for the Adderley Lights Up For Christmas Big Switch On.
Congratulations also to Sophie Corner and Genevieve Alkureshi who’s pictures will appear on the web and social media publicity.
Adderley School have come up with a wonderful seasonal fundraising idea which will mean you can deck your door with a beautiful home-made wreath whilst raising some much needed funds for Adderley School. A win/win situation we think!
There are two options on offer, and both will give you an amazing home-made wreath that you can hang with pride on your door for all to admire.
Option One: A ring with all the greenery already in place, and supplied with a range of dried fruit, fir cones, feathers and a bow for you to attach as you wish to the ready greened ring
Option Two: A plain ring will be supplied along with the greenery but you can attach this yourself in whatever combination you prefer. Florists wire will be provided as well as the fruit, fir cones, feathers and bow for you to add yourself when you have made your ring.
Both options will be delivered to your door in a box along with written instructions and guidance on how to construct your wreath A ‘how to’ video can be supplied on request demonstrating how to build your wreath.
The cost is £30 per box and these can be delivered to your door, or to a pick up point in the village if you prefer.
Payment with order prior to delivery and orders must be received by 15th November to give the florist time to make up the boxes prior to delivery at the end of November.
To place your order please contact Carolyn by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or her mobile 07904190274 Please include your name, address a contact number and confirm your payment method.
Payment with order £30 to Friends of Adderley School (Cheques) or cash in an envelope with your details for contact for delivery.