Stalbridge 2017 Chrismas Lantern Parade Information
As Stalbright is responsible for insuring the parade we require all participants in the parade to be registered in order to be covered by our insurance.
Lantern making sessions - Run over 2 hours in the AM & PM. Advance place booking is essential, there is no facility for booking on the day. You can arrive any time within your 2 hour slot as long as you leave enough time to finish your lanterns before the session end time.
Unfortunately our tinsel amnesty has flopped so if you wish to have tinsel on your lantern please bring it with you or add at home.
Please do not bring glitter or electrical items that need to be plugged in to the making sessions.
Those booked for making sessions will be automatically registered for the parade. The parade is separated into groups with leaders. At the making sessions you can choose your group and a pair of wristbands marked with your group will be issued.
These wristbands entitle you to be part of the Parade on Friday 1st December.
Light it up - This year we would like as many people as possible in the parade to be carrying lanterns. So we are endeavouring to supply each adult accompanying lantern carrying children with their own lantern to take home from the making sessions. You can decorate it at home or just leave it plain and put a light inside.
So, in a nutshell,
No registration , no wristband, no insurance cover - no joining the parade.
Here's an FAQ section to help you get ready:
Don’t forget to wrap up Warm & make it festive with Santa hats etc. & Please bring bells, whistles and shakers .
How do I light up my lantern ? - This year we are asking you to provide lights for your lanterns. These could be a battery powered torch, LED light or a small set of fairly lights. Don’t forget to check your batteries are good for the event and no naked flames are permitted.
Is there an age limit to take part in the Parade? - There is no age limit to participate, however any children being registered MUST be accompanied by an adult.
Where do I go to join the start of the Parade? - The parade start point is at Stalbridge Close, please gather on the central grassed area by 17.15 and no later than 17.30. On arrival please find your group leader, they will be holding gold lanterns with the group name.
What if I have just registered just for the parade? – On arrival please find a group leader holding a gold lantern, you will be allocated a group and your wristbands will be issued
Please note parking is not permitted in the Close and pedestrian access is via Ring Street.
Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event? - No, but you must wear your Official Wristband at all times during the parade.
How will I know where to go? – Once with your group your Group Leader will lead you though the parade and will help you with any issues on the night. The route leaves Stalbridge Close at 5.45pm and turns left up Ring Street towards The Ring.
What happens when the parade gets to The Ring ? - The Ring , The Cutting and a stretch of Lower Rd adjacent to Anglesey Cottages are safe viewing areas as the roads will been closed to traffic.
When the parade arrives it will enter at the lit point of The Ring ready for the interactive Christmas Story, carols and the lighting of the Lime Ring tree.
(Whilst on The Ring please take care near the edges that have a drop and ensure there is no climbing up and down the walls )
What happens after the lighting of the lime tree? - This signifies the end of the parade and parents are responsible for making sure their children exit The Ring in a safe manner through the lit points only PLEASE DO NOT EXIT OVER THE WALL.
So there you have it! If you have any questions, get in touch with us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Facebook group.
All Good have a GREAT PARADE
Stalbright Lantern Parade Team
We are over 50% subscribed for the lantern making sessions on the 18th & 25th November.
Don't forget to book your place before they run out ......................
Stalbright are promoting a weekend of Christmas festivities in the Town
from the 1st to the 3rd of December. See the programme below .....................
It's that time of year when you start thinking about your Christmas decorations. If you are thinking of a colour theme change or just have too much tinsel we would be really glad to receive it to use at the Lantern making sessions.
There is a collection box in the Hub reception for any donations.
Many thanks Stalbright
Aside from the advertised entertainment & Dog show we have a Grand raffle, Games stands, Tombola, Mini market, BBQ, Ice creams, Tea & Cake, Bar and pims tents.
Sunday Funday dog show Entry forms are available from The Hub / Library , Williams , the Post Office , Liberty Belles & Candys or you can download and print by clicking on the picture bellow.
Stalbright have commissioned a Stalbridge flag based on a Watercolour design my local Stalbridge artist Tony Wood.
We have purchased and mounted 20 of these which are being flown in the town as a celebration of summer on the run up to our Sunday funday on the 9th July.
This year they have been supplemented in number by Dorset flags and as a phased project we will add more Stalbridge flags each year.
We hope you find that they brighten the town and show someone cares about it because we certainly do.