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Christmas set to be a cracker

Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:28:16

Joanne Malin

Plans for a more festive Alvechurch are gathering pace, with the parish Christmas working group being upgraded to a sub-committee of the council with its own budget.

After previous criticism that the village hasn’t engaged as fully with the festive season as near neighbours, such as Barnt Green, Lickey and Blackwell,  parish councillors hope to bring more cheer this year.

Coun Sue Lambert, who is leading the sub-committee, told the council BBC presenter Joanne Malin (pictured) had agreed to switch on the Christmas lights on Friday December 1.

She added: “We are looking to co-ordinate with Crown House, which lights its roof every year, and to have a road closure in place.”

The plan is for a gathering in the village centre ready for a switch-on at 5pm, with the hope that this is the best time for businesses to be involved and for parents to bring down their children to take part.

Alvechurch Community Choir is to sing and the council is also talking to The Lounge to see how the youngsters there could be involved.

The committee has ordered new lights for the tree which, for this year at least, will be a cut one – with half the cost being met by Thomas Brothers funeral directors.

Other businesses in the village will also be approached, with those taking part being recognised on posters for the event.

Other initiatives are a best-dressed window competition with a plaque for the winners and there may even be a treasure hunt for children.

Meanwhile, in Blackwell the tree lighting is also on December 1, at The Wheel at 5.15pm – followed by a procession to Blackwell First School Fayre.

In Lickey, the Christmas concert is to be held on Sunday December 3 at 4pm in Holy Trinity Church, including Lickey School competition winners, Blackwell Concert Band, children’s choir, refreshments, tree lighting and Santa.

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