Faversham Community Christmas Light Switch On sparkles again this year

The Faversham Community Christmas Lights Committee have been providing a Christmas light display for Faversham every Christmas for over 40 years.

 

In 1983 the then Mayor of Faversham, Ken Neame, called a public meeting to explore whether there was a willingness within the community to provide the town with an annual Christmas light display. A small, but committed number of volunteers met and the Faversham Community Christmas Lights Committee was established. Two founding members (Ken Neame, our now President and Steve Sherlock, our Chairman) remain on the Committee.

Today, the Committee is made up of a committed group of volunteers who work year round to provide Faversham with a Christmas lights display we hope the town can be proud of. The display is installed each autumn by volunteers who spend the rest of the year fundraising to buy new features, carry out repairs and of course, pay the electricity bill.

The Committee relies on donations from Faversham residents, local businesses and our fundraising efforts to keep the lights shining.

During 2023, the Committee are celebrating 40 years since their establishment. Work on installing this year’s display began in October and our volunteers have been out for six Sundays working from 8am until late in all weather.

The Faversham Community Christmas Lights Committee are always keen to welcome new volunteers. Without volunteers, the Christmas lights cannot continue to provide the town with a display for the next 40 years. If you’re interested in lending a hand (no experience is necessary), they would be delighted to hear from you, and you can contact them through their Facebook page.

The 2023 display was switched on by two local children who won a competition to join the Mayor of Faversham and Father Christmas to turn the lights on. Millie and Darcey, the competition winners turned the lights on at the switch-on event on Saturday 25th November. The lights will remain on from 2:30pm each day until the 12th night of Christmas – January 6th 2024.

 

Thank you to Nathan Iliffe of the Faversham Community Christmas Lights Committee for helping put this article together and sharing photos of the spectacular event.

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