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Monday 1st September 2014
7.30pm: Thornbury Christmas Lights Association Meeting
The Swan, Thornbury

In the upstairs function room.

For more information, email the secretary Gill Dunkeley below. All welcome.


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Tuesday 18th November 2014
7pm: Thornbury Christmas Lights Switch On
Thornbury Town Hall

Thornbury Christmas Lights Association has set the date for 2014's illumination switch-on ceremony which will be on Tuesday 18th November 2014.

As usual the High Street and surrounding areas will be transformed for the festive season and thanks to the continuing financial support of the general public, local businesses and both South Gloucestershire and Thornbury Town Councils it will once more be possible to improve the lighting displays and further pursue the conversion to energy efficient light sources.

Thanks to Thornbury Chamber of Commerce, the Christmas Fair with its emphasis on seasonal food and gifts will again operate on switch-on night in Castle Street where both traders and local charities will be invited to set up their ... Read more >>


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How to contact the Association

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: 260330
Vice-Chair: Rex Davis Tel: 415286
Secretary: Gill Dunkley, The Old Malthouse, Gloucester Road, Thornbury BS35 1LH, Tel: 281801 or email:
Membership Secretary: Terry Ray, Hollybush Cottage, Clay Lane, Thornbury BS35 3UA, Tel: 412272
Treasurer: Fred Macey, 39 Squires Leaze, Thornbury, BS35 1TB Tel: 418827
Publicity: Sally Higgins Tel: 01454 416681 or e-mail:

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Nominate your favourite charity

Thornbury Christmas Lights Association is currently accepting nominations from charities who would like to be the beneficiary of the Christmas light switch on in Thornbury on Tuesday 18th November 2014.

In order to qualify as the nominated beneficiary the charity should be based in Thornbury with the majority of the funds it raises being spent within the Thornbury area.

The charity will be responsible for appointing a celebrity to switch on the lights with the Mayor and also for providing 6-8 bucket collectors on the night. Full details can be provided on request.

All nominations should be sent to Sally Higgins, TCLA Publicity Officer, c/o 12, Bluebell Close, Thornbury, BS35 1UN or email: by 31st May 2014.

Lights, Camera, Action!

In mid-October every year, a group of volunteers start the long process of decorating Thornbury High Street in time for Christmas.

Catherine Dunn

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.

2013's Switch On

Bristol born songstress Lauren Aquilina switched on 2013's Christmas lights in Thornbury, assisted by Caitlin Rogers from Alveston.

This year's event supported Thornbury Volunteer Centre, who are celebrating 25 years of serving the community.

Lauren Aquilina

This year is the first time all the displays are using low energy lighting. Why not see if you can spot the new displays?

Another new feature for the night was ‘Speed’, a fantastic new fun fair ride.

Fun seekers were seated at either end of a 37 metre arm, which rotated them through 360 degrees at a speed of 13 revolutions per minute.

In addition to Speed there were other fun fair attractions in the High Street as well as high quality market stalls in Castle Street.

If you would like to support Thornbury Christmas Lights Association please come along to the Wednesday night quizzes at the Swan during November as we are the nominated charity.

A Present for Thornbury

RMB Hydroseeding

The splendid Christmas Tree on Thornbury High Street is kindly donated to the town by RMB Hydroseeding.

RMB Hydroseeding with Christmas Tree

The picture above was taken shortly after the 2012 tree was put into place.

Included in the photo (centre) is Robin Melville-Brown and his 5 year old grandson Ned who felled the Norway Spruce before delivering and helping to erect it.

How to join TCLA

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.

Thornbury Christmas Lights Association

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.

TCLA Meetings

Click here to download the standard TCLA meeting agenda

Click here to download the minutes of the 2013 AGM

Click here to download the minutes of the January 2013 meeting

Community Christmas Market

In collaboration with Thornbury Chamber of Commerce, we have a Community Christmas Market.

Any traders, charities or local organisations interested in booking space should email , telephone Penny Skinner on 01454 858007 or call in at Bonds of Thornbury, 14 The Plain, Thornbury.

History of TCLA

Christmas lights

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 but 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.

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