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Christmas Floodlighting of St John’s Church, Newton

After an absence of several years the floodlights at St John’s Church have been switched on again and a celebration was held in the Ancient Briton to mark the event.  The Newton Brownies started the evening by singing Christmas carols and a selection of the Brownies songs, with actions!  Then followed an evening of carols, mulled wine, mince pies and a raffle.  Matthew Warren brought his keyboard to accompany the singing and members of the church choir lent their voices to leading it.  The raffle was drawn during the evening and the bells of St John’s were rung to complete the celebrations.

The Ancient Briton was packed out with members of the local community who gathered to support the project. It really was a community effort.  BCBC repaired the lights and switched them on in the afternoon.  Funds were raised when we knew that this was going to happen and, through the medium of social media, word spread quickly with offers of help flooding in, within a few days of the notice being posted, of raffle prizes, cakes and donations.  A collecting bottle was placed on the bar and soon filled up.  As a result the target cost of the lights of £400 has been achieved.

It is an example of how a community will pull together to support a local project and the evening at the Ancient Briton celebrated this fact.  Grateful thanks to everyone who supported it, either by donations, raffle prizes or by attending on the night and buying raffle tickets.

There is likely to be a surplus, after paying for the work and meeting the cost of electricity, which we will keep for next year and look to further improve the Christmas lighting in the village.  If you have any suggestions post your comments via Facebook or leave them in the Ancient Briton.  The floodlights will remain on during the Christmas period until the 7th of January and are set from 4pm to 12.30am.

Special thanks must go to Kristina and Andrew from the Ancient Briton for organising the fundraising and hosting the celebration evening- it may become a fixture in the calendar!

The photographs show the floodlit church and the celebrations in the Ancient Briton.

Brownies at the floodlighting celebrations
Brownies at the floodlighting celebrations
Celebrating the floodlights
Celebrating the floodlights
St John's Church floodlit
St John’s Church floodlit