Weʼve raised £0 to help fund the Garstang Christmas Lights.
- Garstang, United Kingdom
- Closed on Saturday, 31st December 2016
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Every year the Christmas Lights in Garstang cost over £12,000 to put on. With rebates and grants, we are left to raise £4,000 and we rely on residents and businesses for their support.
How its done!
Currently installation is contracted to a Lancashire firm who follow a successful display scheme we have built up over the years. This firm also put lights up in Preston, Chorley and other local towns.
Putting up the lights involves heavy machinery to put up the 21 temporary support poles required where there isn’t a building we can use, install the catenary wire and festoon, replace the broken Led bulbs (led bulbs have brought electricity costs down from approximately £750.00 to nearer £70.00!) put up lighting in both weinds, put up the display feature, collect, put up and dress the Christmas tree, load test the wall bolts dress the tree at the North end of High Street and so on... then take it all down again! As with any job there is always more involved than may at first be obvious.
Changes this year!
This year Wyre Council have changed the funding criteria and we now have to apply for a grant that is no longer guaranteed (we have applied for Garstang) hopefully we will be successful and be able to continue to have Christmas lights!
What do they cost?
Last year the lights cost over £10,500 + VAT (approximately £12,500) we got generous grants from Wyre Council and Garstang Town Council and after VAT reclaim the Christmas group fundraised and collected from businesses over £4,000.00 to pay the balance.
Thank you for your support! :)
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