5.30pm: Thornbury Christmas Lights Switch On
Thornbury Town Hall
Date to be confirmed.
The event starts at 5.30pm and the lights will be switched on at 7pm.
As well as the switch on there will be the usual fantastic fun fair plus a community fair.
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:
Each year a band of volunteers decorate Thornbury with a large display of Christmas Lights. These displays are supported by the businesses and individuals who agree to have displays on their properties.
The lights are switched in November and remain in place until January.
The switch on is not only a wonderful evening, with stalls and a fun fair, it is also an opportunity for a local charity to benefit from a collection on the night.
In addition to this Albert Rogers Fun Fair donates a proportion of their takings from the evening.
Last year’s charity, the Armstrong Hall Development Fund, received over £650 from the event.
If you would like to nominate your charity to be the beneficiary this November please send your details, plus an explanation of what the money would be used for, to TCLA Publicity Officer, c/o 12, Bluebell Close, Thornbury, BS35 1UN by 15th July 2017.
Your charity should be local to Thornbury & the surrounding villages and be of benefit to those local communities.
Being the nominated charity does come with some responsibilities and these are the provision of bucket collectors on the evening itself plus securing the switch on celebrity.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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 Trees on Thornbury High Street are kindly donated to the town each year by RMB Hydroseeding.
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.