Lee Hibbard, owner of Woody’s Cafe, Clewer Memorial Recreation Ground aka “Pirate Park”, Chair of the Dedworth Community Christmas Fair and the rest of the committee would like to thank Dedworth and the wider West Windsor community for a fantastic inaugural Christmas Fair on Sunday 28th November.
The idea morphed out of a discussion around a single Christmas tree for Pirate Park! Paul Roach, Windsor Town Centre Manager came into the cafe for our first meeting saying, “WOW, the car park would look great if the surrounding trees were lit up!” The committee agreed and the conversation then became about how to raise money to light up the car park for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Christmas 2022 with hopes of lighting up Dedworth Road in the years to come 😉
The word went out and within hours we had over 20 market stalls, Santa booked and Lee’s team were selling hundreds of raffle tickets to regular customers!
Millie Anna, disabled activist and budding model & actress, who has Sir Ian McKellan on speed dial, turned on our modest Christmas lights this year. Reverend Rosie blessed the tree, a choir of angels led by parishioners from All Saints sang Christmas carols and Soprano Rebecca Cooch kept that spirit of Christmas flowing as the sun went down. The day was beautifully rounded off with a sprinkling of snow.
Santa was kept very busy with a queue of children and parents around the block with demand outweighing our supply of Christmas prezzies. We’ll get the elves to make more presents for next year. Santa walked around the fair having selfies with those children he didn’t have enough presents for ensuring happy smiling faces 😉
The community really came together to support local businesses, local charities, St Edward’s First School, raising thousands of pounds for good causes and over £1400 for our Christmas lights fund. Many local businesses donated raffle prizes and we will share a full listing in a few days. Others donated their time and many have already been mentioned via social media but we’d like to add special thanks for ensuring we had all our health & safety docs in order to Ian Fearnley, ex Blues and Royals who looks after all things H&S at Eton College.
Thank you Dedworth for helping get this festive season off to such a great start.
From the Committee, Lee Hibbard, Amy Tisi, Jon Davey, Natalie Prince, Helen Price