The Committee are working hard in the hope that Candlelight will go ahead this year. We will update you here and on Facebook.
LAST YEAR WE WERE ONLY ABLE TO HAVE DUNSTER IN DECEMBER
The first Weekend of Dunster in December which would have been Candlelight was a pleasant time with a few people about but not the crowds. No lantern procession but the lanterns were lit as a statement of Candlelight. We are hoping the next two weekends will be similar with some shops staying open a bit later.
The shops are looking wonderful with their decorated windows for the window spotting competition. We also have a wreath trail with the theme of the 12 days of Christmas. The wreaths are throughout the village and easy to find as they all have numbers. The questions are a bit harder.
The children from year 4 at the Dunster and Timberscombe First school made tissue and willow lanterns and they are hanging in the Yarn Market to add to the decorations. The big Christmas tree is at the bottom of the Castle Hill and there is one in West Street too. This year we managed to get lots of lovely Christmas trees to stand against the houses. They have tiny lights and they look lovely. All the decorations will stay until the end of the month.
SADLY LOCKDOWN CAUSED THE SHOPS TO SHUT SO WE COULDN'T SELL THE CHRISTMAS BAUBLES TO BE DECORATED. THE ONES THAT WERE SOLD BEFORE LOCKDOWN CAME BACK AND ARE ON A GARLAND ROUND THE CENTRAL PILLAR OF THE YARN MARKET. SOME VERY CLEVER PEOPLE DID SOME LOVELY DECORATIONS.
Covid rules/restrictions apply the same as any other High Street or Village.
We are so lucky to have this fantastic Medeival village with it's Castle and wonderful cottages and houses. The Yarn Market, The cobbles, The Dove Cote, The Tithe Barn and the Nunnery, such fantastic history.
You may want to donate to St Margaret's, if so, please folow the link below.
Dunster by Candlelight should be back next year on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th December 2021
We wish everyone the best of health.
Candlelight 2019 was great.
Friday night was not as busy as usual but it was still good and the procession was impressive with the children from Dunster Primary School carrying their lanterns and Foxes Academy carried theirs. The procession to light the lanterns is always very popular. Unfortunately it was windy and some of the candles blew out, but I'm afraid that is beyond our control, but we are working on it!
The Choirs in the Church were brilliant and raised money for the Church and for St Margaret's.
The Tithe Barn was very popular and there was matting across the grass (thanks to the Cricket Club) so the muddy track from last year was avoided.
The Hospice Hog roast in the Tithe Barn raised £1,377 (after expenses). So sorry to anyone who missed out as they ran out of meat by 7.15pm on the Saturday. A big 'thank you' to all the volunteers.
The total for the collecting boxes was £7090.95 which was good and certainly more than 2018. Thank you to everyone who helped and who contributed.
Please make a note of the dates fro next year at the top of this page. Hope to see you there.
Information for 2020.
Please note:- you do not need tickets to come to Candlelight but you will need money for the Candlelight bus £4 return, Young people 5 to 18 years are £2 all timings etc., are on the buses and parking information at the top of here.
Look out for the article on Dunster by Candlelight in the December Issue 2020 of Country Living Magazine.
We will be continuing our Victorian Theme for 2020 and once again we are hoping as many people as possible will dress up.
The Tithe Barn - access through the village gardens in Church Street opposite the street organ. The Hospice Hog Roast will be in the Tithe Barn and much more.
Don't forget - West Street for Allerford Forge, The Chocolate Tombola,The Marsh Playing Fields stall and more.
St. George's Church for Carols. Timings in the Programme.
Programme available mid October.
Please note - The mobile toilets have moved to West Street.
Cheque handover to St. Margaret's Hospice for 2019