9am-12noon approx, Meet at our storage facility at the rear of the Wheatsheaf Inn, Chapel Street
Anyone available to help would be great to see you. Bring gloves, pliers (helps for getting broken bulbs out), some plastic bags in a pocket are useful for bulbs and there should be string etc available for tying up the fittings. We will stop for coffee at some point...
8.30am-12noon approx, Meet at our storage facility at the rear of the Wheatsheaf Inn, Chapel Street
Remove displays + hoist
If you are able to assist in anyway on any of the Sunday mornings, please turn up at either the Wheatsheaf (if very early!) as this is where at the kit is stored, or join the team at whatever point in the High Street/Castle Street. If you have not been before... It is useful to have waterproofs in case of inclement weather, a pair of sturdy gloves (that can get dirty!), sometimes its useful to have a pair of pliers/wire cutters (but not necessary)! We do stop for a tea/coffee break and this will be provided.
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:
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.
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.
Music Sensation Lauren Aquilina Lights Up Thornbury
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.
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
The splendid Christmas Tree on Thornbury High Street is kindly donated to the town by RMB Hydroseeding.
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.
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.
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
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.