As we gear up toward the festive season, here’s some great news from Vicky, part of the Town Council’s Facilities team . . .

“We all know that we are having to do things a little differently this year and this has had an impact on Trowbridge Town Council’s plans for Christmas 2020.  We had hoped to organise another wonderful lantern parade (as we did in 2019) as part of our Christmas Lights Switch-On event but, of course, current circumstances mean that these plans have been cancelled.

“However, the Council’s Facilities Team are still working behind the scenes to create a ‘Virtual Switch- On’ event that will hopefully bring the community of Trowbridge together – in a safe, Covid-compliant way, to celebrate the start of the festive season.

“The team is keen to work with both residents and businesses in Trowbridge to bring some much needed festive cheer to Trowbridge.  Following the recent announcement that a second lockdown that will continue until Wednesday 2nd December, it has been decided to move the date of the ‘Switch On’ back to Saturday 5th December 2020 at 6pm. We hope that, by then, the current lockdown will be over and that shops and businesses will have reopened and that people will be able to safely spend more time out of their homes.

“So, while we still won’t have a live switch-on event taking place in town as such, you will still be able to watch the lights being switched on online and, of course, you can then enjoy them whilst safely visiting the town centre. Look out for our fantastic lighting displays in Trowbridge Park and the bandstand! As we still want to ‘Light Up Trowbridge’ this festive season, we have already distributed approximately 300 lantern making kits to local families, schools and youth groups and are asking people to create their own lanterns to display at home.

“We are also excited to launch Trowbridge’s first ‘Window Wanderland’ event which will take place over the weekend of 4th–6th December. This is an amazing new Covid-safe event designed to connect people, while transforming streets into magical outdoor galleries. We want to encourage people (both in their homes and at their businesses) to create beautiful displays in their windows and join in a window-display-based walking trail for the town. We all remember the beautiful rainbows, pictures and teddy trails showing support for the NHS during the first lockdown earlier this year – now we want Trowbridge to use this creativity to produce festive window display, full of hope and light to help ‘Light Up Trowbridge’ this winter. Those who have collected a lantern kit could base their display around their lantern . . . or let your imagination run wild. Simple or spectacular, anything goes, as long as it’s family-friendly!”

More details about how to get involved in the Trowbridge Window Wanderland will soon be available on www.windowwanderland.com.