New ride and extra stalls at Henleaze Christmas Festival
Organisers of the Henleaze Christmas Festival are once again aiming to raise a significant sum of money to support local charities. Last year the Festival gave cheques of £500 each to five charitable causes. This year they are hoping to do at least as well.
The money is raised principally from a raffle. Tickets have been on sale in local shops and businesses for several weeks prior to the Festival. They will also be available on the night at two stalls where representatives from the charities will be helping to sell them.
The charities being supported this year are: Bristol Area Kidney Patients Association, Missing Link (Link House), Nicola Corry Support Foundation and Julian Trust Limited.
Advance Raffle tickets are on sale at AMD Solicitors, CJ Hole, Costa Coffee, Goodman & Lilley, Henleaze Dental Practice, Home Instead, Kondi Gifts, Maggs & Allen, Newsom & Davies, Pamperbanana, Romantica, St Monica Care at Home, The Eastfield Inn, Turners, VWV and Wards
Top prize is a luxury festive hamper packed with fine foods and drinks. Other prizes, over 40 of them and all contributed by local businesses, include wine, champagne and vouchers to spend in local shops.
Helen Furber, the Festival Committee member responsible for the raffle, says: “We hope there will be another good response to our raffle which means so much to our local good causes. It is such an important part of what the Festival contributes to the community – as well as providing an evening of festive fun with stalls and entertainment.”
The children rides, an ever popular part of the Festival, will have a new ride this year. There will also be eight new stalls to look out for ranging from painted rocks for your garden to items for the home made from driftwood, handmade leather goods and candles and reed diffusers. And this year there`s a post box at Santa’s grotto for children to post their letters to Father Christmas.
The Festival is on Wednesday 4 December from 4pm to 8pm, starting off with the Show Choir from Henleaze Junior School and followed by performances from Badminton School Choir, Panama Jazz Band and sea shanties from newcomers to the Festival, Storm Force 10. The Bradbury Hall will host Redmaids High School Bell Ringers and Choir, Westbury Scottish Club Dancers, Streetenvy Dance Academy and Melody Makers Choir. Henleaze URC choir will bring the evening to an end with community carols.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the Festival please contact Austin Ferrante at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Festival website for latest information is: http://www.henleazechristmasfestival.co.uk/