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Weʼre raising £800 to Help fund the replacement of Community Christmas lights which were stolen from Sheriffhales Village Green on Saturday 30th November 2019.

Sheriffhales, Shropshire, TF11 8RD

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Please can you help? We are raising money towards replacement lights for our Sheriffhales Village Green Christmas display because, on Saturday 1st December 2019, about 80% of the display was stolen by some vile people just a day after switch-on. They came in the dead of night (rather like Santa but with far more sinister intent) and ripped a herd of 7 sparkly Reindeer from their electrical moorings, plus all the fairy light strings they could grapple and threw them into a waiting vehicle. They smashed open the electrical control panel and so this will also need to be replaced.

The Sheriffhales community Christmas light display has been headed up and co-ordinated by Peter Young, local retiree and community stalwart, and his band of merry volunteers for the last 11 years; usually in appalling weather. He says himself that he does it for the children and the joy it brings and he is absolutely heartbroken to see his hard work come to nothing this year. A similar theft occurred in 2013 unfortunately resulting in the items being chained up and locked - but the thieves came prepared with bolt cutters.

Peter Young (below) assessing the damage....

We are seeking donations to help fund the purchase of new lights and equipment for next year, including the acquisition of an anti theft alarm and motion sensor lights to protect the investment.

Carols around the Christmas tree will take place as usual during the Carol Singing event but around a rather depleted display unfortunately.

Meanwhile, any donations of unwanted exterior lights are gratefully being accepted by the volunteers up until Wednesday 11th December and we will arrange for PAT testing to be done and get them installed on 14th December - we won't let them beat us.

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  • Pamela Bonsall6 months ago
    Pamela Bonsall

    Pamela Bonsall

    6 months ago

    The Village Carol Singing event will take place from 18:30 on Monday 16th December, meeting at Sheene House, Church Lane. They will take a route around the village and finish at the Christmas Tree on the Green for a few tunes. EVERYONE IS MOST WELCOME TO JOIN THEM.

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  • Pamela Bonsall6 months ago
    Pamela Bonsall

    Pamela Bonsall

    6 months ago

    We have been so heartened by the response to our little appeal from neighbours and strangers alike. The theft was heartbreaking, especially for Peter and his volunteers, but the community has rallied round to put things right. It has shone a light on goodness and kindness which exists in this world and it has been incredibly cheering and inspiring for everyone involved. Thank you everyone for your support. Herds of reindeer will once again roam the green next year!

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  • Fran Taylor

    Fran Taylor

    Jan 1, 2020

    Thank you for making the display so beautiful again. Hope this helps towards next years. Andy, Fran, Lizzie & Kitty


  • Anonymous


    Dec 10, 2019

    Donation received in Cash from Anthony Jeffries of West Bromwich who wanted the people of Sheriffhales to turn the lights back on. Thank you very much Anthony.


  • Penny Richardson

    Penny Richardson

    Dec 6, 2019

    Nothing like Christmas village lights. X


  • James Willetts

    James Willetts

    Dec 5, 2019

    Hope it gets put right as best it can.


  • paul eden

    paul eden

    Dec 5, 2019

    Good luck, so sorry to hear to hear of the theft of your lights. May this small amount help towards the lights shining again in Sheriffhales.

  • Pippa, Ian & George

    Pippa, Ian & George

    Dec 4, 2019


  • Caroline Haves

    Caroline Haves

    Dec 4, 2019

    Let's get the lights back on!! With love from Caroline, Nick, Dan and Olivia xx


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Sheriffhales, Shropshire, TF11 8RD

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