22nd Feb, 2019

Huge crowds turn out for Studley's Christmas light switch-on

THE crowds came out as Studley enjoyed not one but two Christmas light switch-ons and a buzzing Christmas market and fayre.

The celebrations started last Thursday when the switch was flicked for the festive lights along the Alcester Road, adding sparkle from the war memorial to the Barley Mow island.

“It went really well,” said Gill Liebthal of Studley in Bloom who helped organise the event.

“The children from St Mary’s Academy sang carols and were absolutely brilliant and they carried on singing in the Co-op after as well.”

The event also saw funds for the Bloomers boosted when Co-op staff member Cheryl Johnson put a hamper she had won up for auction, raising £90 for the group.

The following night saw Studley in Business’s Christmas market come to life.

The High Street closed to traffic and a children’s lantern procession walked to the village hall, led by Father Christmas and master of ceremonies Kevin Ward, the town crier of Bromsgrove.

Studley Beavers, Cubs and Scouts had made more than 100 lanterns using recycled plastic bottles and tin cans for the procession.

“We were overwhelmed with the demand and are already planning how to make this event even better next year,” said Scout leader Karen Marshall.

“Also the Cubs and Scouts ran two stalls to raise funds for our charity Toilet Twinning and raised enough to fund a toilet in Africa!

“We are so proud our young people are so active in helping our local community and those less fortunate than themselves.”

Inside the village hall a seasonal craft fayre did a roaring trade while serenaded by carols and Redditch Rock Choir.

The big switch-on was performed by Santa and vice-chairman of the parish council, Coun Colin Summers, with a group of local children.

“The turn out was magnificent,” said Coun Summers.

“A big thank you to everyone who organised it, to the carol singers, Rock Choir and all the marshals who kept everyone safe.”

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