Welcome to our team...
We are a committee of local people who love Wickford and want to see the community spirit thrive particularly during the festive season
Wickford at Christmas is a group of volunteers chaired by Eunice Brockman and set up in 2016. The committee organises the installation, repair, running and storage of the Christmas lights for Wickford in Essex, England. It is continuously raising funds to buy new lights for the town and also puts together the Wickford at Christmas Street Fair.
We look forward to welcoming you to our next Christmas Street Fair on Sunday 25th November 2018, from 12pm
Frequently asked questions
Why does Wickford need help with Christmas lights?
We would absolutely love to have Christmas lights like Regent and Oxford Street, but they have budgets in the millions. Something we are not gifted with.
There are limited councils funds so the committee of volunteers give up a large amount of time throughout the whole year to raise funds for the lights and event. We have to work with Essex County Council, Basildon Council, local businesses and many contractors just to get the lights put up.
If we want new lights on the light columns these cost in the region of £200+ per fitting and for a cross street display is upwards of £1,000. With these kinds of costs, you can see why improving them is not going to happen quickly. Click here to find out more about the finances.
The committee also organises the annual Wickford at Christmas Street Fair, this year on Sunday 25th November 2018.
We can’t do it alone though, we need your help too!
What is the plan for new lights?
In 2017 we raised £4,000 which will be put towards new festoon lights in the high street.
Soon we will launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 for the rest of these lights to be replaced.
It is then estimated that we will need £10,000+ to buy brand new lights.
Why does the light say Season's Greetings?
The current display has been inherited and we still like to put up this sign as it has 'Wickford' in it. We're starting to replace and buy new lights in phases and a Merry Christmas one is being considered. But we need the money first!
How can I help?
Donate: Online here or in high street shops Pastels 2 Paint, Michael Franks Jewellers and Wickford Health Centre
Volunteer: Apply to be on the committee or to help at the Wickford at Christmas Street Fair. Click here for more information
Sponsorship packages are available...find out more here
Take a stall at the Street Fair. Click here to apply
When does the Wickford at Christmas Street Fair take place?
Sunday 25th November 2018 from 12pm on Wickford High St. Find the event on Facebook
It’s free to attend but we welcome any donations on entry to help raise funds for the event and lights.
In 2017 more than 5,000 came to browse the stalls, listen to music, visit Santa, sip on mulled wine, see the reindeer and much more.
How can I keep up to date?
Our blog will be updated with the latest information but you can also get social!
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How can I contact the committee?
Details are on our contact us page