The PCCA (Pewsey Community Coronavirus Assistance) have organised a Christmas extravaganza on Sunday December 5, culminating in a lantern parade which will lead to the tree naming ceremony and lights switch-on, accompanied by carols. There will also be an opportunity to visit Father Christmas and to enjoy some mince pies and hot drinks. Live music will be provided by the Pewsey Players and drumming from Afrikaya will lead the lantern parade.
Siobhan Boyle told Marlborough.news “Last year, PCCA were gifted a huge 30ft Christmas Tree by local farm owners Muttley and Caroline Wells. It was a great symbol of hope and social connectivity after a very hard year of lockdowns, isolations, uncertainties and loneliness.
There was a great response from the community who enjoyed a spatially distanced evening with carols, bands, mince pies and hot drinks. Pewsey Carnival Committee, Pewsey Fire Station and AG Builders helped erect, secure and accommodate the tree and lights. It’s fair to say that because of bad weather and further lockdowns this glorious tree was still up way into the new year!!
This year, Muttley and Caroline have kindly donated us another tree, a little smaller this time. The tree may be smaller but the spirit is stronger. Our community has shown this by pulling together for another hard year. We’ve had generous donations from local businesses and personal donors – matched with the brilliant efforts from volunteers, we’ve managed to help ease burdens of food poverty, food waste, malnutrition and loneliness. We will be putting the tree up outside the Methodist Church, which is where PCCA have been operating from until our double decker bus is fully operational.
Help from local businesses is making the Christmas event on Dec 5 possible. With donations of mince pies and hot chocolate from Marlborough Tesco and Waitrose, and time, efforts and skills from Fishlock and Dyer, together with the live entertainers and volunteers there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We’re truly grateful for the generosity shown.
We’d also like to thank our local Co-op who supply fresh milk every week for our BURP (Basic Universal Resource Plan) recipients and let us have a basket in store to collect non-perishable food and grocery items.”
PCCA was founded by Phil Brady back in March 2020 to help the village throughout the coronavirus pandemic and has continued to help the community stay socially connected with main aims being to help combat food poverty, food waste, malnutrition and loneliness.
If you’d like to join in and volunteer with the amazing PCCA team then please sign up here or phone 01672 487022.
Programme Sunday 5th December – a magical afternoon and evening with the Pewsey Community Christmas Fayre!
2-4pm – Visit Father Christmas at our grotto in the garden at the back of Wesley Hall and enjoy mince pies and hot drinks while listening to live music from the Pewsey Players
4pm – Head over to the Christingle at St John’s Church. Book your place here
4:45pm – Join the lantern parade, led with drumming from Afrikaya, back down to the Pewsey Community Christmas Tree at Wesley Hall
5pm – Tree naming ceremony, lights switch on, and Christmas carols
The PCCA look forward to seeing you there!