Welling Sparkle Christmas 2021
In 2019, we created the 2019 Welling Sparkle, with a Christmas market and a switch on of the lights attended by hundreds of people. We were so looking forward to bringing back that Sparkle at Christmas 2020, but covid meant that the market was cancelled. However, we were still able to raise the funds to light 38 lampposts and also got a festive banner and Christmas tree for Welling corner. The Mayor was able to make a brief appearance to see the lights and managed to disappoint a child who thought that he was Father Christmas! We were pleased that we still managed to get Welling looking festive even though lockdown meant that a lot of the shops had to remain closed.
This year we are planning on getting a bigger Christmas tree for Welling corner and we would like to get as much of Welling Town Centre lit up as possible. We would love to get all 74 lamp posts lit up and will light as many as we can, spreading out from Welling Corner on Bellegrove Road, Upper Wickham Lane and Welling High Street.
Discover Welling loves to support the local community, so we are also doing something different this year and are going to ‘pay it forward’ – for each lamp post that we light up, we are going to donate £12 to the Welling Salvation Army so that they can provide a Christmas dinner experience for someone.
This Christmas in Welling, the Salvation Army is trying to provide every family and individual in need with a gift and with a Christmas meal. The Christmas dinner experience means that everybody will get meat, veg, crackers, stuffing, things to nibble on and something nice to drink. With our Crowdfunder this year, you get to help out two causes for the price of one, so we will light up Welling and light up some lives this Christmas.
Bexley Council have given a £2,200 grant for Welling Town Centre to help improve footfall and this year, we will be putting this towards the festive event with Christmas lights.
If you would like to give to the Sparkle, go to the website.
Sponsorship and Supporters
Thank you to the following businesses and groups who have sponsored a lamp post. As the Crowdfunder continues, we will add to this as more sponsors come forward
We would also like to thank everyone who donates at least £50 towards the lights and logos for each business will be added to our thank you sticker as and when people give. Supporters who give at least £10, will also receive a window sticker to show that they helped Welling Sparkle.
Welling Sparkle and lights switch on
This is being planned for 20th November. More details coming soon of the event and our search for someone to switch on the lights!