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Santa coming to town as Sawbridgeworth's Christmas gets back in full swing with lights fayre



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Christmas is back on in Sawbridgeworth with a festive day of fun lined up on Saturday (November 27) and the return of the popular Carols on Fair Green.

After last year’s disappointment when Covid-19 restrictions meant many events could not be held, the town can celebrate the festive season again.

The Christmas Lights Fayre kicks off from 3pm and although there will be no big switch-on the town centre will be sparkling with shining decorations.

Previous year's switch-on of the Sawbridgeworth Christmas Lights, Bell Street Car Park. (53199014)
Previous year's switch-on of the Sawbridgeworth Christmas Lights, Bell Street Car Park. (53199014)

The Sawbridgeworth Town Council organised event will see the usual array of community stalls, along with the Girl Guides, Scouts and air cadets in attendance.

Local businesses selling their wares include Violets Floral Designs, Stort Valley Spirits, Caverne Home, Moorewaves, The Tailored Candle Company, Vicki's Floral Designs, Nyol Creations and Enchanted Bridal Boutique.

For younger visitors there will be a fun fair with trampolines and fairground rides and, of course, Santa will be in his grotto in Sayesbury Manor, Bell Street to find out if the children have been naughty or nice.

The gathered throng at a previous switch-On of the Sawbridgeworth Christmas Lights, Bell Street Car Park. (53199056)
The gathered throng at a previous switch-On of the Sawbridgeworth Christmas Lights, Bell Street Car Park. (53199056)

All children visiting Santa will receive the special Christmas 2021 badge and a lolly. There is no charge but donations to Children In Need are welcome

Entertainment will be provided by Diverse Performing Arts, Rock Choir, Singing For Fun, Creative Music and the cast from the South Mill Arts show Rapunzel.

Over at High Wych a workshop was held on Monday (November 22) to make pillar candles from recycled materials, which will be used to light up the village during the festive season.

Last year, led by church wardens at St James Church, the community made Christmas trees out of traffic cones and this year cones will again be used along with off cuts of railway drainage pipes, with the 'flame' produced by battery operated lights.

Carols on Fair Green (53199156)
Carols on Fair Green (53199156)

Anyone wishing to join in making the pillar candles can contact janet.bellingham:hotmail.com for a demonstration and home delivery.

The lights will be put in place on Saturday December 11 and lit, along with the village Christmas tree, the following day at 3.45pm.

Carols on Fair Green will take place on Christmas Eve and organiser The Rotary Club of Sawbridgeworth is looking for volunteers to help put on the event. See www.sawbridgeworthcarols.click if interested.



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