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  Hockley Christmas Lights Street Event


                                         Minutes for the Festive lights sub-committee 16/11/16

Children's Christmas Colouring Competition 2016

Saturday 26th November

Youngsters between pre-school and 11 years were asked to colour a Gingerbread House and 114 entries arrived at the Old Fire Station during the morning. Our thanks go to Graham Tarte who judged the competition.   The winners were invited to the Parish Hall in the afternoon to receive their prizes and afterwards turned on the Christmas Tree Lights in Southend Road .  Hockley Chamber of Trade & Commerce supported the competition by donating £1 to Little Havens for each entry received. All the entries can be seen at Hockley Library over the Christmas period.


                    Winners                                                                               Well done to all the entrants

 Turning on the Christmas Tree Lights, after which the Parish Council Chairman & Vice Chairman visited Christine's Christmas Lights


Important News : Hockley Christmas Lights Street Event 2016

The Parish Council has received lots of feedback regarding the 2016 Christmas Lights Event.

Hockley has enjoyed an event for the past 15 years and it has grown in popularity over that time. The Council fund the Christmas Lights in the village and, when the Street Event was run by the local traders supported them by providing marshals. Four years ago the traders were unable to continue and the council agreed to take it on. An afternoon family event was organised by our volunteer committee with support from the community and traders.This year the Parish Council have encountered some late operational and safety problems which we are unlikely to resolve in time. It is also unlikely we will have the support of either the police or the fire service due to their other priorities.  As we would not wish to compromise public safety or scale the event down, the council has made the difficult decision to postpone the activities in Spa Road this year rather than be faced with a last minute cancellation situation. We have of course made efforts to address the issues before us and discussed our options with all parties involved. We are all very disappointed but would like to assure everyone that we have started planning for 2017 and will roll out other attractions which can be safely managed. The Christmas lights are going up in Hockley as usual but there will be no switch on ceremony. We will still hold the Children’s Colouring Competition at the Parish Hall.

If any of our local charities would like to contact Rayleigh Town Council we have arranged for them to offer space at their event on Thursday 24th November so you do not miss a fund raising opportunity this year.

If you or anyone you know is willing to join the Festive Lights Committee please let us know as additional support would be appreciated to enable the event to continue next year.


HOCKLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON 21ST NOVEMBER 2015 A big thank you to all those who ventured out to support us on a cold and breezy November afternoon to celebrate the switch on of the Christmas Lights.  Rochford Rotary came along with Santa and his sleigh and handed out over 200 gifts to the children who visited his grotto.  32 hardy stallholders battled the weather and the teams on the lights and fireworks again gave Hockley a fitting finale to the afternoon.  The support of the our volunteers, emergency services, local business sponsors and all the community is very much appreciated. We hope you enjoyed the event and wish you a very happy christmas and peaceful new year.


We had a record 225 Christmas Tree Baubles for the Children's Colouring Competiton and Hockley Chamber of Trade sponsored £1 for each entry, presenting cheques to local charities. Thanks go to Graham Tarte who heriocally took on the judging for us this year. The winners came on stage with "Elsa, Anna and Cinderella" from Tiddlywinks Partytime to receive their prizes before switching on the lights. The entries will be on display at the Library over the festive season.

Youngsters from all three of our primary schools took part in the entertainment on stage this year along with performances from Hands4Voices Signing Choir, Mr Dickie Bows Jivers and their Charleston Group.

Plumberow Academy Choir







Westerings Academy Choir

Hockley Primary School Choir and Band

Hildale Academy of Performing Arts









Firework Display sponsored by local businesses

Active Scale Models

Andy’s Computers

Blu Meringue

Christine’s Florist

Co-operative Funeralcare

Castle Opticians


CK Blinds



Elmswood Pharmacy

First Choice Kitchens

Hockley Dental Surgery

Hockley Flooring

Hockley Flower Shop

The Hair Parlour

M&C Podiatry Ltd

Oakhurst Physiotherapy

Pizza Max


Riva’s Hairdressers

Ronnies Cafe Bar


SDH Prints

365 Security

Spa Newsagency

Stibbards & for Storage

Sunrise Health Shop

Terence Guy Accountant


Village Cafe

Williams & Donovan

Cash Donation from member of public


Hockley Chamber of Trade for sponsoring the Children’s Competition

Co-operative Supermarket for the use of their car park and supplying mince pies


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