Save The Broadstone Christmas Lights!
Christmas 2017 saw Broadstone in darkness. No trees, no lights and no festivities. It was a little-known fact that unlike other areas, Broadstone did not receive funding for this. Up until 2018, it relied upon the Broadstone Chamber of Trade & Commerce for its Christmas lights, which had sadly ceased operations earlier that year.
It started with a… post!
‘Save The Broadstone Christmas Lights!’ was born…
Firstly, we set up the Facebook page. Hugely popular, it quickly became apparent that we needed to meet people, get residents together and talk through ways we could raise funds for the lights. Several meetings were kindly hosted by Molly’s café in the evenings, where we put together an action plan and discovered all the (many) hoops we needed to jump through, in order to make this happen. Neither of us had a clue what was involved and we felt daunted, but determined.
A community bank account quickly followed and we got to grips with family fun days, quiz nights and door knocking on every business on the Broadway (and surrounding.) It took an immense amount of hard work, but was so much fun to get involved in these events, meet the community and raise money! There have been a large handful of local people, who have worked tirelessly with us and been incredibly supportive since the very beginning. They’re there to help us at every stage and we are truly grateful to them all. Thank you.