More than £1,000 raised at town’s festive extravaganza

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Fri 1st December 2023

More than £1,000 was raised for Callum’s Voice charity at this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On in Alfreton.
The festive extravaganza, which took place on Saturday, November 25, saw hundreds of families enjoy the multitude of Yuletide family fun.
Alfreton Town Council, which organises the big countdown event, has announced that more than £1,000 for the Mayor’s charity which, this year, is the Alfreton-based Callum’s Voice.
A spokesman for the council said: “There are so many people to thank for making Alfreton lights switch on a success.
“The event was attended by thousands of local people, who enjoyed a variety of activities, including live music, a Christmas market, and a range of festive food and drinks. The busiest event so far.
“The highlight of the evening was the switch on by Santa himself, which lit up the town in a spectacular display of festive cheer.
“The event was organised by the Town Council’s Events Committee, with the support of Shaun Hogg and family who manage Tansley Car Boot.”
The spokesman continued: “The council works hard all year round on projects for the community, with this one probably being the most popular.
“It would not be possible without the commitment of the councillors and staff to bring an event that offers something for everyone.
“This year it coincided with the Market Hall holding a craft event and the Genesis Centre having a Christmas Market. Alfreton House hosted a stage packed full of entertainment, stalls, Santa’s Grotto, food vendors and small fair rides.
“The town council provided free face painting, balloon modelling and entertainment.”
Each year the Lights Switch On event supports the Town Mayor’s charity fundraising. This year, the current mayor, councillor Hannah Jowett-Frost is fundraising for the Alfreton-based Callum’s Voice whose mission is to enable children and young people with Autism and mental health conditions to lead happy, healthy, fulfilling lives.
Cllr Jowett-Frost said: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s Christmas lights switch-on.
“It was a wonderful evening and we are grateful to everyone who helped to make it such a success.”
Alfreton Town Council would like to thank everyone who attended the event and helped to make it such a memorable occasion especially the following for providing much-needed equipment, support and services:
RSM Home and Gardens for their endless hard work and commitment for helping organise and manage the event
Keycraft Shed Supplies of Hucknall for Santa’s Grotto
Tibshelf and District Community First Aid Responders for first aid cover
Brandon’s Tool Hire for the barriers and lights
Location Audio for the stage
Chernobyl Children’s lifeline for face painting
Fancy entertainment for their elves and stilt walker
PDP characters for Ana and Elsa, Mickey and Minnie, Stitch and Olaf
Alfreton Rotary for Santa’s Grotto
Police and Fire Rescue for attending
Darley Dale Brass Band
David Nieper Academy School Choir and Band
Pure Steel
Christ the King School Choir
Leys Junior School Choir
Copthorne Infant School Choir
Woodbridge Junior School
Jugalubs balloon modelling
City Illuminations for the fantastic light display
The stalls for attending
Fairground operators
The council spokesman added: “We are always looking at ways to improve events, if you have any ideas or suggestions please share them with us.
“From comments already received we have reviewed locations, the town council do not own much of the land in Alfreton, but are working with the borough and county councils to look at ways in which the event can be extended across town.
“We have already looked at wider road closures but due to Alfreton being the diversion route for the M1, this is not an option.
“We have also looked into options for providing a wider lights switch on. This would cost a phenomenal amount of money and during a time of financial difficulty for families we don’t feel this would be a good use of the small budget that we operate with and would mean a vast increase in the charge made to you for council tax.”

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