Christmas Lights On 2023

December took off in style with Santa Claus lighting up our Village Christmas lights at the beloved Village Hall on December 2nd! Thanks to your incredible support, we raised an astounding total of £1,500 through ticket sales and generous donations for Dover Outreach and Ami Modi’s Shree Sava Foundation.

Despite a flurry of snow on Friday night, luck was on our side, offering a chilly yet rare sunny day. Our volunteers were quick to action, gritting the village hall car park early Saturday morning and transforming the hall into a festive wonderland.

Mulled wine, mince pies, delightful festive cupcakes, and brownies awaited outside. The stage was adorned with an array of donated raffle prizes by the Christmas tree. DJ Kentastic set up a festive booth, readying games for the family disco. This year, we rearranged things, providing more space indoors to mingle and relish the delicious food donated by Chef-de-Mumbai, The Coastguard, Firstlight, and The Village Shop, expertly served by our amazing volunteer team.

Nothing went to waste! Any leftover food was packaged and delivered to the Night Shelter and Dover Pantry.

The radiance of our community spirit was palpable, lighting up the night sky with its warmth!

A heartfelt thank you to our exceptional volunteers whose unwavering dedication made our Christmas Light Switch-On a resounding success! I’m attempting the impossible now – recalling everyone involved. If I’ve missed someone, please let me know, and I’ll ensure they’re rightly recognised!

  • Cakes donated by Barbara and Sarah Dean
  • Mulled Wine donated by Nikki & Barry Fulford with Heidi & Paul Mitchell helping on the day
  • Carols sung beautifully by our amazing Church Choir
  • Morris Dancing – Offcumduns Border Morris
  • Christmas Songs – St Margaret’s Players
  • Sound System and skills provided by Clive Luckett
  • First Aid, thankfully not needed, by Clive & Tanya Harding
  • Raffle Team – Celia Cotton, Jim & Sue Rayner, Brenda Paul, Amber Smith, Bertie Lawson-McGreggor and Sophia Muir
  • Raffle Prizes donated by The Village Shop, Smugglers, Coastguard, St Margaret’s Holistic Therapies, Alison Stevenson, Orla Checksfield
  • Food provided by Chef de Mumbai, Coastguard, FirstLight and The Village Shop
  • Cooked / Served by Chef de Mumbai, Coastguard Team of Kelly & Sue Cant & Anne, Chef Peter, Team VJ and Mark Checksfield
  • Additional Sponsors: Shelagh Vines and Marshall & Clarke
  • Nursery Team – Jayme Dunigan, Stacey Mills, Olivia Lawson, Jane Lawrence and Katie Platts
  • Family Disco – DJ Kentastic
  • Father Christmas St Margaret’s On Location Team – John Glentworth, David Simcox, Abby Parness, Hayden Smith, Spencer Connelly, The Post Office Team
  • The Owl House Stables – Ponies Cindy & Lacy carefully led by Gracie, Harriet, Bev & Michelle
  • Village Hall, Tree & Decorations – The Village Hall Committee
  • Volunteers who did anything we asked including gritting the car park – Tracey & Geoff Purchase, Anita Luckett, Courtney
  • Mark Ball and his team of Police Cadets
  • PC Sophie Bramble
  • Kerry Skirrow, Community Warden
  • Village Christmas Decorations – Ross & Dan Purchase, George Simcox & Jack Claringbould
  • Photos – Phil Holyer & Ross Purchase
  • Organising and running round in pink high viz jackets on the day – The Parish Council & George ‘No Last Name Required’ Simcox

A round of applause to our fortunate raffle prize winners! Congratulations on your well-deserved wins!

  • Family Size Hamper – Kaye Holt
  • 2 Course Set Menu for 2 at The Coastguard – Ruth Greenan
  • 2 Takeaway Pizzas from the Smugglers – Lenny Holyer
  • 2 Takeaway Pizzas from the Smugglers – India Rose Dryden
  • A Selection of Classic Gins with Mixers – Leila Osborne
  • Prosecco & Chocolates Selection – A Poole
  • Irish Cream Gift Set – Martin Bates
  • Pepa Pig – Margaret Jones
  • Tweety Pie – Liz McNaughton
  • £30 Gift Voucher – St Margaret’s Holistic Therapies – Vivienne Pay
  • £30 Gift Voucher – St Margaret’s Holistic Therapies – Penny Bird
  • Tin of Short Bread Biscuits – Vi Johnson
  • Molton Brown Shower Set – Mr Milner
  • Tin of Short Bread Biscuits – Freddie Fielding
  • Bayliss & Harding Gift Set – Sally Wiltsher
  • Hot Chocolate Gift Set – Jon Olson Welsh
  • Secret Santa gift – Nigel

Thank you to everyone who joined us, contributing to the delightful atmosphere of the event.