Wickford businesses support Christmas lights and fair 2018

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Every year businesses in Wickford and nearby sponsor the town’s lights and fair. A festive display and event wouldn’t happen without them (and your donations)! We hope you pop into their businesses or take a look at their websites to show your appreciation.

This year we’re thrilled that Michael Frank Jewellers has signed up to be our main sponsor!

They are joined by our gold sponsors Temme English, Clay Ratnage Strevens and Hills Accountants and Kip McGrath.

Countryside is a silver sponsor this year, while our bronze sponsors are Co-Op Food, SBZ Corporation and Assesmont Steel Fabrication.

Bourn Hall has also kindly sponsored Santa Claus whose grotto will be at Glicks Opticians in the high street!

There are also numerous businesses that we have to say a huge thank you to for helping us out

  • Pastels 2 Paint for helping us in so many ways we’ve lost count!

  • Westway Travel for promoting the Street Fair on its screens

  • NIBs for running the bus service to/from The Wick (discretionary £1 donation) View bus timetable and travel notices here

  • Wickford Community Centre for providing the hall for children’s crafts

  • Co-Op Funeralcare for providing refreshments for volunteers

  • Ellays Disco for compering our main stage

  • Tina Wing Photography for providing photos

And let’s not forget all the businesses that have taken adverts in our programme or agreed to display the programme and/or donation boxes in their shops. Click here to find out where you can pick up a copy

The weather outside is delightful…

We know many of you are thinking about your summer holidays…

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But we're excited as there's only six months to Christmas and five months 'til the Wickford at Christmas Street Fair!

Christmas is always somewhere in the minds of the committee members as we work year-round to organise and raise funds for the street fair and lights.

What we’ve been up to

  • Visiting local councils to hear about funding opportunities
  • Meeting with businesses in Wickford and nearby to generate support and donations
  • Securing the permits and facilities to make the event happen
  • Gathering stall and entertainment requests
  • Updating and refreshing the pages on our website including a 2017 photo gallery

Funding update

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It takes £4,000 to put up the Christmas lights in Wickford every year and around £9,000 to put on the street fair event. We receive some money from the council and groups but the rest comes from donations and sponsorship made by local residents and businesses.

We can buy new lights if even more money is raised!

If you can help in any way, please click here to donate or click here to look at sponsorship options

Keep in touch

The best way to get updates is to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or on Instagram. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

Our About Us page has been updated with FAQs but if you have any other questions don't hesitate to contact us.

Look out for our future blogs about what's on, entertainment and stalls in the run up to Sunday 25th November!

Happy Holidays!

A Few Financial Facts About Our Town Lights and Christmas Event

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We are a group of volunteers, we give up a large amount of our time throughout the whole year to put the event together and also have to work with ECC, Basildon Council, Local businesses and many contractors just to get the lights put up.

We wanted to take this opportunity to be open and transparent so you can all see the kind of costs that go into this, sadly there isn’t a large pot of money just for the Christmas lights, and we thank all the public that has so far donated.

In 2016…..

Did you know that Wickford at Christmas was only formed in 2016? It was formed to keep the lights up year on year and hopefully with funds improve on them.

As a new community group, we had nothing in the money pot and knew we had a big task on our hands.

In 2016 we brought in £8,346.83 through donations, sponsorship, programme adverts, raffle tickets, etc. On the day of the Christmas fair we had an estimated 5000 people attend throughout the day, we also took £2,376.05 on the day itself in our collection buckets.

The cost of the 2016 event was £4691.69 which left us at the end of our first year with £3655.14. This has been carried over into 2017.

The cost of installing, running and removal of the 2016 lights was kindly covered by the now disbanded ‘Light Up Wickford’

 

Fast forward to 2017….

We started the year with £3,655.14 in the bank and so far in sponsorship, donations, stall and advert costs we have brought in £11,266.35

This year the event has grown and we have added more for the public to enjoy on the day, we hope to draw in more people this year. The event has cost £7883.91 to put on this year.

The cost of installing, running and the removal of the lights in Wickford is £4048, minus a £1000 donation from Basildon Council towards the costs.

 

Looking towards 2018…

The committee 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.

If we wanted new lights on the light columns these cost in the region of £200+ per fitting, and for a cross street display is upwards of £1000. With these kinds of costs, you can see why improving them is not going to happen within one year.

We hope to improve on our funds enough to allow some major improvements to the lights in 2018 along with an official switch on. But this is only possible with everyone working together and donating towards the lights.

There are roughly 23,000 adults in Wickford, if each one of them gave a £1, think what could be achieved!

Please remember, as well as all the great local businesses that have sponsored the event, without them none of this would be happening and the town would have NO lights.

Statement from Wickford at Christmas

We have been made aware of rumours circulating, plus a media report that the Wickford at Christmas Street Fair will not be happening on 26th November in the High Street.

THIS IS COMPLETELY UNTRUE.

The Wickford at Christmas Committee has worked hard fundraising, co-ordinating and will continue to do so right up until the day of our event as always. Basildon Council has never funded Wickford at Christmas apart from making a donation each year. This year they have donated£1000 and for which we are very grateful.

Please rest assured that the Christmas Lights and Christmas Street Fair are still planned to go ahead. As a highlight of the Wickford community calendar, we look forward to welcoming everyone on the day.

Thank you everyone for your Support, 

The Wickford at Christmas Team

Thank you For your support!

The Wickford at Christmas would love to say a huge thank you to everyone that has supported us so far.. 

... But there's still time to help us raise £5,000 to pay for the yearly running costs. If you can spare £1 or £2 please donate HERE 

Thank you for your support and inspiring the committee to achieve a great Christmas season for Wickford and the local Community. 

Every pound counts and is very much appreciated!

Hi everyone,

Did you know you can help to keep the Christmas Lights in Wickford High Street by donating as little as £1?

If this amount was donated by everyone who lives in Wickford we would raise over £30,000 and could have the most talked about High Street display ever!

Every pound counts and is very much appreciated with funds raised going towards this years event and Christmas lights and allowing us to plan for future years.

You can donate or Volunteer your help

Many thanks

Our Committee Meeting on 28/9/17

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Our Committee Meeting on 28/9/17

The committee are working hard at the moment to get everything in place for the Street Fair on Sunday 26th November!

We are so excited to share event details with you, but you are going to have to wait a little longer... 

We are still looking for lots of Volunteers to help us on the day, If you can help - please Contact us