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Bradley Stoke charity lights are “biggest and best ever seen”

Posted on Monday 3rd December 2018 at 10:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Watch Elm Close charity Christmas lights display.

The owners of a Bradley Stoke house which has built up a reputation for staging extravagant Christmas lights displays are claiming to have created the “biggest and best display the town has ever seen” for 2018.

St Peter's Hospice.

Terry James and Mike Checkley have again transformed their home in Watch Elm Close into a Christmas wonderland to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice. This year’s display has over 30,000 lights and is now one of the biggest displays in the whole of Bristol and South Gloucestershire. New additions for 2018 include a herd of 12 reindeer, a new Merry Christmas silhouette, a new penguin silhouette and two new Santa silhouettes. In addition, the display for 2018 will include a large ‘Ho-Ho-Ho’ silhouette and a ‘Santa Please Stop Here’ silhouette, together with an additional 4,000 bulbs within string and icicle lights.

Mike said: “We decided to raise money again for St Peter’s Hospice as they are a charity very close to our hearts. Most people know that they are a Bristol charity caring for adults with life-limiting illnesses both in the Hospice and at home, but they also support families and friends and teach other healthcare professionals about how to care for people at the end of their lives”. He added that “All of St Peter’s care is provided free of charge, but it costs around £20,000 a day to provide that care. In addition, St Peter’s ‘Room to Care’ Appeal is aimed at developing their new Inpatient Unit to meet the complex needs of patients in the 21st century”.

Terry and Mike, with the invaluable help of their window cleaner Kris, spend nearly four weeks putting the display together. “It’s a big task,” said Terry, “but, despite its size, we still aim to stay true to the theme of ‘A Classic Christmas’.”

“People come from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire to see the display and last year we also had people from Devon, Somerset and The Midlands visiting. The oldest person visiting last year was a very proud 97-year-old grandmother!”.

More: Terry and Mike have set themselves the goal of raising £4,000 »

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Firework spectacular to round off Willow Brook Christmas lights switch-on event

Posted on Monday 12th November 2018 at 11:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Christmas Lights Switch-on Event at the Willow Brook Centre in 2015.

New Friday evening spot for popular festive function.

The official start of Christmas festivities at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre will be celebrated with a spectacular firework display on Friday 16th November.

This year’s seasonal lights switch-on is set to be nothing short of sensational, with live music from Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) finalists, fire jugglers and more.

The town square will start to come alive around 5pm with music being played by Bradley Stoke Radio.

Centre manager Andy Wynn, said:

“We’ve got a build-up of music and entertainment for more than two-and-a-half hours before the official Christmas lights switch-on at 7.30pm. We’re extremely excited about all the events we have planned for the evening. This will definitely be a night not to miss!”

Born to Swing, who reached the final of BGT in 2014, will take to the stage with live performances at 5.30pm and 6.45pm. Meanwhile, at 6.15pm, fire jugglers Loz and Marky will wow the crowds with their daredevil act.

The big lights switch-on will take place at 7.30pm and will be followed by a firework display high in the Bradley Stoke sky.

Andy said:

“We’re always trying to think of ways to make the start of the Christmas season a fun, family time to bring the whole community together, so we’re delighted to have a whole evening of entertainment planned.”

More: Christmas Craft Fayre on 24th/25th November »

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Bradley Stoke Christmas lights raise funds for hospice rebuild

Posted on Friday 15th December 2017 at 8:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Christmas lights at 10 Watch Elm Close.

The owners of a house in Watch Elm Close, Bradley Stoke, are hoping their extravagant Christmas lights display will raise more than £2,000 towards the St Peter’s Hospice ‘Room to Care’ appeal.

Mike Checkley and Terry James have decorated the outside of their home with a spectacular light show that incorporates around 25,000 individual bulbs.

The display has grown from just a single Christmas tree seven years ago to what must now be one of the largest in the area. Additions this year include over 40 new illuminated silhouettes, including baubles, stars and snowflakes, a snowman and three new Santa figures.

Setting up this year’s display took around four weeks, with Mike and Terry calling in their window cleaner to help with the enormous task.

The display covers the whole of the house and there are also illuminated Christmas trees behind many of the windows. The garden contains a number of lit obelisks and there are lights draped over many of the shrubs and hedges. The lights also extend to the converted garage, where Santa and his reindeer can be seen on the roof.

The display will be powered up every night, between 5pm and 9.30pm, until Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Anyone visiting the display may leave a donation in a collecting bucket positioned on the drive of the property.

Donations can also be made online via a MyDonate page: Mike, Terry and Eddie’s Christmas Lights 2017

• The postcode of the property is BS32 8AN [map] and it is located opposite the Long Close junction.

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Willow Brook Centre set to shine at Christmas lights turn-on spectacular

Posted on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 8:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of characters from children’s favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom on a previous visit to the Willow Brook Centre.

Live music, children’s entertainers, fairground rides and Santa’s grotto will greet shoppers at the live turn-on of the Willow Brook Centre’s Christmas lights.

The festivities will begin at midday on Saturday 18th November, with the big switch-on happening at 5pm.

A Robbie Williams tribute act will entertain the crowds during the afternoon; there will also be music in the mall and town square, courtesy of Bradley Stoke Radio and Jelli Records.

Manager at the Willow Brook Centre, Andy Wynn, said:

“We’re really looking forward to this fun, family day out, where people can enjoy hours of entertainment before our big switch-on. We’ve organised a range of activities for all ages, so there will be plenty for everyone to do.”

Poster advertising the Christmas lights switch-on event.

Characters from children’s favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom will be live on stage at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, as well as at 4.40pm ready for the live switch-on of the lights.

Wandering entertainers will amuse shoppers and there will be a face painter and crafts table for the youngsters.

The elves will open Santa’s grotto from 10am, so boys and girls will be able to step inside to meet Father Christmas.

Andy added:

“Shoppers and guests are more than welcome to stay and enjoy the activities after the big switch-on. We’ve got fairground rides in the town square that will continue into the evening.”

More info: What’s On at the Willow Brook Centre

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