Green collection boxes will be placed in various businesses in the town and at the LIC in the town hall, to help raise money towards this year’s Lighting Up event. Costs for last year’s Lighting Up were £2,609.00. These included payment for the row of new Christmas lights that ran from Home Fayre to Nationwide in Market Street, public liability and event insurance, the lantern making workshop in Victoria Hall and other necessary expenses.
Fundraising has already begun to enable the Christmas Committee to continue with the popular Lighting Up event and to replace the remainder of the Christmas lights in the town centre, over the next three to four years. A Christmas Committee member said: “Everyone always gives so generously for this event. However, we need to ask members of the public, retailers and businesses to reach into their pockets a little bit more. If every retailer in the town gave £10, this would almost cover our insurance for the event.”
Donations are welcome in the new green collection boxes, which will be displayed across the town during the coming weeks, and in envelopes marked for the Christmas Committee which can be delivered to Crewkerne Town Hall. The Christmas Committee is very appreciative to the local businesses that support the annual event and are hopeful that other businesses will now offer their support, to boost the appeal. At last year’s Lighting Up event, funeral director Tracey Warren and Ellie Collins of Stoodley & Son dressed as elves and served hot chocolate drinks and cakes in the George Shopping Centre where they raised £80 for the Christmas Lights 2019 and Humphries Kirk and Barrett Bros Butchers in Market Street kindly allowed their electricity supplies to be used during the festive period.