PSRA held our Christmas Lights turn on, on the Thursday, the 5th of December.
We were privileged to listen to our great local Big Band Badje, led by our Magazine Editor and fellow committee member, Joy Mendelsohn, accompanied by local choirs from How Wood School and Park Street Schools.
We were also proud to have former Councillor Ian Getley and a representative from each of the schools present to turn on the lights. If you don’t know Ian then you ought to, because he’s a very community spirited man, ably assisted by his wife Sue at times. Both Ian and Sue were PSRA members and Ian was the last but one Chairman. Ian some of you may know has been a Parish Councillor and stepped down earlier this year with over 22 years’ service. In that time, he brought us lots to celebrate in the village, such as the Parish fete, the Carol Concert, and the wonderful Remembrance Day Service we have every year. And more importantly a tradition PSRA are continuing today with the Christmas Lights. Thank you to Ian for giving up his time to help the local community event.
Hopefully everyone who attended enjoyed the evening, especially the mulled wine/hot chocolate from PSRA and mince pies provided by Co-op Food, as well as the local shops including Lily Alley florists holding their own Christmas event, and the other shops that stayed open late.
We would just like to say a big thank you to ALL our local businesses, some of whom were open later than usual, in supporting us:
Ruth from JW & Co Langleys without whom we can’t set up our refreshments
Everyone at Co-Op who donated the mince pies to us and were open for business as usual
Martin at Kraft Stationery for all our printing
Alley and Wendy at Lily Alley – who had their event also
The staff at Keech Charity who always join in with us to celebrate and were open
Kevin and staff – Bok N’ Rose
Karishma from the Chemist and their lovely staff who donated our first aid
Dave from Cutting Corner
Ibo at the Fish Bar
Bob from the SunTan centre
And Village Spice and Moonlight
Our businesses provide a huge amount of value to our community and we hope that you recognise them with your support.
Christmas lights are organised by your Park Street Residents Association. We are a group of volunteers, who love where we live and want to encourage a REAL sense of community, which is quite special these days, just like our village! If you would like to know more or can help us In ANY WAY – we need new Committee Members and always want helpers. Please respond in the Comments or send an email to us.
Photos courtesy of Isabel Crozier of St Stephen Parish Council.
Your neighbour may need your help but probably won’t want to ask
The St Albans Good Neighbour Scheme has been solving this problem for over 35 years. Many of our neighbours live on their own and have nobody to call upon when they need extra help. We provide a phone line which they can ring. We then link those who need help with those who are happy to give it. We need to keep reviewing our volunteer list. COULD WE ADD YOUR NAME?
Duty Officers to answer our phone from their own homes;
Practical people who can do little tasks such as fix curtain rails or do shopping;
Drivers who can take people to hospital appointments;
Befrienders who can visit somebody on a regular basis.
It is very flexible. Some volunteers help out a few times a year and others a few times a week.
It is very enjoyable. Expenses are reimbursed.
If you would like to get involved please ring the number above to find out more or look up our website.
It’s that time of the year again where we hope to get everyone in the Christmas spirit by enjoying an evening of music, food and of course our Christmas Lights switch on.
This year the event is begins at 5.30pm out side How Wood shops on Thursday 30th November.
During the evening their will be music from our local Big Band, carols from the local school choir, mulled wine, mince pies and a BBQ.
The lights will be switched on (all being well) at 6pm, hopefully by a member of Saracens Rugby Union team, and this year we are pleased to announce that they will be a brand new set of lights along the shop facades.
The local shops will also be open late, so don’t miss out on what hopefully be a lovely family event.