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Christmas at Finchingfield - we are taken part in this Village event

Christmas at Finchingfield - Let’s do Christmas together this year!

Christmas at Finchingfield  - we are taken part in this Village event
Christmas at Finchingfield  - we are taken part in this Village event

Time & Location

Dec 04, 2021, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Finchingfield, Finchingfield, Braintree CM7, UK

About the event

Christmas in Finchingfield is always special. But, this year, we’re all working to make it more special than ever, especially as we think back to the challenges of last Christmas and how the tier ratings prevented so many of us from spending time with friends, neighbours and loved ones. As you may have already seen on social media, The Parish Council, Friends of Finchingfield, The Finchingfield Guild of Business, FinCHE, the PTA of Finchingfield Primary Academy, St John the Baptist Church, The Royal British Legion, the Creamer Fund, The Villager Magazine and well, just loads of other people, are all working together to create an inclusive Christmas for the community this year. So what’s being planned? 

Advent Trail 

The first big thing is just for the children (of all ages!).To help bring back the excitement in the build up to Christmas, FinCHE are organising an Advent Window Trail around the village. The idea is for children to create decorations to display in their windows, with a new window being revealed every one of the 24 days up to Christmas. FinCHE are organising some crafting sessions at the Guildhall in November to help children create their windows. We’re also hoping for some pretty spectacular windows from the businesses in the village too! (No pressure guys!)

Christmas Market 

To launch the season of goodwill, we’re planning a whole weekend of Christmas activities for Saturday 4th and 5th December. There will be a Christmas Market starting at 11am on Saturday and running through until 5pm on the Sunday. There will be a variety of stallholders - food & drink, gifts, crafts and so much more in two locations, behind the Fox on the Green and in the Guildhall.

Switching on the Christmas Tree and turning the whole village ‘warm-white’ In the early evening of Saturday 4th December we are planning celebrations around the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. We’re planning a candlelit procession coming down from St John the Baptist's Church with music and the choir of the Royal British Legion. We’ve asked our double gold medal winning Olympic World Champion Bethany Shriever to do the honour of lighting up the tree and we’ve asked Armadillo Lighting to make the tree the best ever yet! We have the Great Bardfield Brass Band joining us to lead carol singing and we’re hoping for an appearance from Father Christmas and for one or two other surprises on the night too. And here is where everyone can get involved. Armadillo Lighting are lighting up the tree with 5000 ‘warm-white’ lights and we’d like the whole village to be ‘warm-white’ and switch on at the same time too! So if you can change your outside Christmas lighting to ‘warm-white’ this year and join in, that would be just great. (We know this is a big ask, and we couldn't make it compulsory even if we tried, it's just that we have such a beautiful and unique village that dressing it in a blanket of warm glowing lights at Christmas time would look absolutely spectacular!). Then to round off Saturday night, The Fox on the Green will be providing live music from the pub. We still need to finalise exact timings for the tree lighting, but if you get to Green between 5.30pm and 6pm on Saturday 4th December, you shouldn’t miss anything and you can spend your time waiting by wandering around the stalls in the two Markets or by looking for the first four windows on the Advent Trail, and of course, sampling mulled wine and festive food from one of our pubs or eateries.

How can I find out more and get involved? 

The Creamer Fund are opening Freshwell’s car park for the weekend of 4th and 5th December and need volunteers to help manage this. Friends of Finchingfield will need help putting the Christmas Tree into the pond on the weekends before the 4th December. FinCHE will need help with the Advent Trail. We need singers for singing carols and we anticipate people will need help putting up their lights and probably a whole load of other things we haven’t even thought about yet! 

The Guild will be producing posters and banners, running information pages on social media and on their website www.finchingfieldguild.org as well (attempting to) manage communication between all the groups involved. You can email the Guild on finchingfieldguild@gmail.com or speak directly to any of the Guild businesses or groups that we’ve mentioned above if you’d like to volunteer or think you have something to contribute. Let’s make this a Finchingfield Christmas to remember and most of all let’s do Christmas together!

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