Welling Sparkle Christmas 2021
After a break in 2020 due to covid, we were back for 2021 and determined to put on something special to make Welling look really festive again for Christmas 2021.
This year we purchased the largest Christmas tree that we could get for the tree pit on Welling corner and we were able to light up 42 lamp posts spreading out from Welling Corner on Bellegrove Road, Upper Wickham Lane and Welling High Street. We also had one lamp post at Welling Corner with a different light to all the others. It had an angel, in memory of all the loved ones we had lost over the last year.
Discover Welling loves to support the local community, so we also did something different this year had a ‘pay it forward’ scheme – for each lamp post that we lit up, we donated £12 to the Welling Salvation Army who then provided a Christmas dinner experience for someone.
For Christmas 2021 in Welling, the Salvation Army aimed provide every family and individual in need with a gift and with a Christmas meal. The Christmas dinner experience meant that everybody got meat, veg, crackers, stuffing, things to nibble on and something nice to drink. With our 2021 Crowdfunder , you were able to help out two causes for the price of one, so we were able to light up 42 lives this Christmas with a Christmas dinner experience.
Bexley Council also gave a £2,200 grant for Welling Town Centre to help improve footfall, which was put towards the festive event with Christmas lights.
Sponsorship and Supporters
Thank you to the following businesses and groups who have sponsored a lamp post. We would also like to thank Welling Round Table for sponsoring the Christmas tree and lights.
We would also like to thank everyone who donated at least £50 towards the lights and logos for each business were added to our thank you sticker. Supporters who gave at least £10, also receive a window sticker to show that they helped Welling Sparkle.
Welling Sparkle and lights switch on
On 20th November, we had a Welling celebration of Christmas. Fabulous Christmas Market with gift Stalls, Kids Fun, Seasonal Food, Mulled wine, hot chocolate, live entertainment, Santa and more! Then we all headed down to the cannon for the light switch on by the Mayor of Bexley and the winner of the Welling Claim to Fame competition, Carols and a mass Welling Sing-a-long!!
Here is a selection of photos of some of the shops that got festive.