8am: Christmas Lights Volunteer Fitting Session
Thornbury Christmas Lights Association begin putting up the fittings for the switch-on in the High Street.
Many hands make light work, and help for the odd hour or two (at any point in the session) is just as welcome as the full session. Bring gloves, any other bits that you think might be useful (pair of pliers etc)... but what’s needed should be available. Refreshments will be available mid-morning.
To help out with any of the many tasks needed to be done or for more information please contact any member of the Committee listed below:
Chair: Brian Roberts Tel: 01454 822626
Vice-Chair: Rex Davis Tel: 01454 415286
Secretary: Gill Dunkley, The Old Malthouse, Gloucester Road, Thornbury BS35 1LH, Tel: 01454 281801 or email:
Membership Secretary: Terry Ray, Hollybush Cottage, Clay Lane, Thornbury BS35 3UA, Tel: 01454 412272
Treasurer: Fred Macey, 39 Squires Leaze, Thornbury, BS35 1TB Tel: 01454 418827
Publicity: Sally Higgins, c/o 12, Bluebell Close, Thornbury, BS35 1UN Tel: 01454 416681 or e-mail:
The date of the Thornbury Christmas light switch on is Tuesday 22nd November 2016. The event will include a community fair and Albert Rogers fun fair from 6pm.
The Christmas lights will be switch on at 7pm.
This year’s switch on nominated charity will be ‘The Armstrong Hall Redevelopment Appeal Phase 1’ who re aiming to raise £1 million to start work on the central community facility.
This charity was the beneficiary of last year’s switch on but due to the disruption caused by the poor weather conditions and as such the low collections made it was felt that they should be the beneficiary again this year.
If you would like to be entered into the draw to assist the celebrity in switching on the lights on the 22nd then please send your name plus a contact number and email address, with a donation of at least £1, to TCLA Publicity Officer, c/o 12, Bluebell Close, Thornbury, BS35 1UN.
We are always looking for new members and volunteers to help check, build and hang the displays. Please join us in the garden of the Wheatsheaf in Thornbury on a Sunday morning from 8.30am. We start in October so please come along and join our friendly crew.
In mid-October every year, a group of volunteers start the long process of decorating Thornbury High Street in time for Christmas.
Fuelled on Christmas cheer and a sense of community, they work incredibly hard come rain or shine.
Local film-make Catherine Dunn has made a short film about their story - click here to see it on YouTube.
The splendid Christmas Tree on Thornbury High Street is kindly donated to the town each year by RMB Hydroseeding.
The picture on the right was taken shortly after the 2012 tree was put into place.
In the centre of the photo is Robin Melville-Brown, and his 5 year old grandson Ned, who felled the Norway Spruce before delivering and helping to erect it.
The town’s Christmas Lights are purchased, erected, serviced, maintained, taken down, stored, lovingly cared for and renewed as required entirely by the volunteers of the Thornbury Christmas Lights Association.
Each year the display costs a lot of money which must be raised by grants and donations and each year the display costs a lot of time and effort but we feel it’s all worthwhile and benefits Thornbury greatly.
We do realise that a number of TCLA members are unable to offer any practical help with the lighting displays, but we are grateful to all our members and value your moral support.
Family Membership to include all those in the household is £5 annually. Life Family Membership is a single payment of £40.
To join the Association, please click here to download a membership form or send a cheque together with your name, address, telephone number (and e-mail address) to the Membership Secretary Terry Ray, Hollybush Cottage, Clay Lane, Thornbury BS35 3UA.
To make a one-off donation please send a cheque direct to the Treasurer Fred Macey, 39 Squires Leaze, Thornbury, BS35 1TB.
Thornbury Christmas Lights Association was formed in 1991. Historically, Christmas lights displays had been provided for many years by the then Thornbury Chamber of Trade.
When that body decided that it was no longer able to organise the annual High Street display, a group of volunteers came together to seek to rescue and continue what had already become a firm Thornbury tradition.
Almost twenty years later TCLA is still run by volunteers and with a number of the originals still among the ranks.
Sadly some are no longer with us, including Terry Press who worked tirelessly to keep the town’s Christmas lamps alight and chaired the association until his untimely death in 2007.
Throughout its history TCLA has continued to improve and extend the displays and the cooperation of the St Mary Centre management has ensured full coverage of the town.
Although very much independent, the association could not carry on its work without the support of both Thornbury Town and South Gloucestershire Councils and also the many businesses, organisations and individuals who help in so many ways.