Creative ideas flowed at Crewkerne’s first lantern making workshop organised by the Crewkerne Christmas Committee. The free event in Victoria Hall attracted people of all ages and was run by Richard Godden of PlayArt Education which is based in Ilminster. PlayArt specialises in producing dramatic sculptures and creations from a range of clean waste materials and by-products from local businesses.
The organisation promotes sustainable progress and awareness of environmental recycling issues through junk modelling workshops and works with local government agencies, primary schools and community groups of any age, culture, gender or disability, entertaining at festivals and community events in the South West.
A variety of designs took shape using the withes and other materials provided. The shapes included many triangles, a large pyramid, a fish and a giant oval that when finished were all sprayed to prevent risk of fire when the lit candles are placed inside the lanterns on Lighting Up Night. The lantern parade will set off from Henhayes car park on Friday night and join the procession behind Merriott Majorettes as Santa makes his way through the town to the town hall. Crewkerne Mayor Kathy Head will judge the lanterns and a prize will be awarded to the best creation after the Christmas tree lights are switched on by the Mayor, Santa and Town Crier David Craner in Market Square at 7 pm.