The village will be a spectacle of Christmas lights from the beginning of December and an ambitious switch-on party will include choirs, a gospel singer, a free hog roast for all, free candy floss for kids and a visit from Santa Claus.

Station Road will have decorated Christmas trees on brackets outside every business, leading down to a display of new lights in Weir Park.

The road will be closed for four hours for the December 1 launch party, starting with Radio Walkham launching a live broadcast from the park corner at 4 pm and lining up competitors for carol-singing karaoke. Jill and Jinks Fitzsimmons are booked to throw the switch at 6.30 pm and will be interviewed for the benefit of listeners who can check into Radio Walkham online – easily done through the station website or some digital music players.

All the new lights, events, and free food, are extra to the usual switch-on of the Christmas tree and mulled wine and mince pies at the London Inn, courtesy of the parish council.

They are being paid for from a pot of more than £1,000 which parish council chairman Paul Beard raised last year, with the help of a village raffle, to make Horrabridge more inviting during the Christmas season.

He was unable to put all his ideas into action last year because of technical complications but has since been working with the London and Radio Walkham to put together the party programme advertised below …

One parish councillor, Eric Hemsil, made clear at their last meeting that as the whole thing was passing through the council’s accounts for the records, he was not entirely happy that Cllr Beard and friends had already made all the spending decisions. But Cllr Beard said he thought he had clearance to proceed and a properly constituted committee would be organised for next year if councillors wanted it. There were no more objections.

The programme includes songs from Claire Bruff, a popular new act on the Plymouth Christian circuit, who writes her own songs of faith. Sample her here

                                                  Claire Bruff

All local businesses, including those in Chapel Lane, have promised to be open for the duration of the event and btw there is bingo at the youth club from 7.


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