Raising Money for Benfleet's Christmas Lights
Switch on 3rd December 2018 - 6pm - Please keep filling the jars
BENFLEET CHRISTMAS ACTION GROUP – March 2018
A group of local residents decided that they would like to improve the lamppost Christmas decorations and provide a Christmas tree along Benfleet High Road. The plan, to raise £6000 to cover the costs of the decorations and the installation and take down charges, structural testing of the lampposts, liability insurance and the necessary licenses from Essex County Council.
To raise the money needed for the decorations the Benfleet Christmas Action Group decided to start by placing collection jars in shops along the High Road, the shop keepers were very supportive. Also monthly fund raising events were held, such as curry nights, a quiz night, afternoon tea in a Vicarage Hill garden, concert and cake at the Methodist Church and a coffee morning.
By June £2000 had been raised. The group felt they needed to get more publicity for the fundraising. The idea was to put a wooden outline of a six foot high Christmas tree outside Benfleet School to show the residents how much money had been raised.
By September 2018 the Benfleet Christmas Action Group had raised over £4000, enough to buy 10 Christmas lamppost Decorations, along with a Christmas tree and lights to decorate it.
The Benfleet Christmas tree will be sited outside The Oasis Church at the corner of Grove Road. We are very grateful to the Church for agreeing to this. It will be a lovely location. The school choirs from Kents Hill Junior and South Benfleet Junior will sing when the lights are switched on at 6pm on Monday 3rd December 2018.
Please keep filling the jars in the shops! The organizers would like to thank the residents of Benfleet for all their donations and the shop keepers for their support and encouragement. It has been a great boost to know that the Benfleet community is behind this project and they have been a major contribution to the fund. Thank You Benfleet