Many thanks to all those who illuminated their houses for the pleasure of those outside.
Many thanks to all who placed gifts of money in the collection boxes.
This message was left on the website email:
As a surprise for my birthday yesterday, 19th December 2012, my son, daughter-in-land
my 3 year old grandson took me to your village to see the Christmas Lights.
say that I was truly amazed by the effort of the people of the village to put on
such a wonderful show for not only children but adults also. I wish you all well
with the amount of money you collect for charity and I sincerely hope that you manage
to raise in excess of the £5232 from last year.
God bless you all and wish the village
a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. I shall look forward to attending
in 2013 so keep up the good work.
From one happy Adult and her Grandson
(Thank you, Sheila from Pelsall. The appreciation means a great deal.)
On Thursday 3rd January the lights were switched off as the festive season drew to
Until next year ...
Charity Presentation Evening
The 2013 Charity Presentation Event took place on Tuesday 5th February at the Bell
Inn. Fundraisers Bob Swinnerton and Bert Moore welcomed representatives from this
season’s chosen charities and presented the cheques. The Air Ambulance, Katharine
House Hospice and Starz Playgroup each received £1600 and St Giles School Haughton
and Haughton Village Hall each received £850.
In spite of the poor December and early January weather, people had come to view
Haughton Christmas Lights in numbers and donated with great generosity. Mr Swinnerton
explained that this was the ninth year of fundraising and that the Grand Total of
£6500 was a record. He thanked everyone who had donated and all who had taken part
in the village by lighting their houses and gardens.
Katharine House Hospice and the Air Ambulance also received cheques from money raised
by Richard Bowler and Roger Perry through the Haughton and District Old Friends Tractor
Run. Unfortunately, due to the extremely wet weather, the planned 10th and final
road run had to be cancelled. However, money was still raised from the sale of calendars
showing pictures of last year’s run and £800 was presented by the two organisers.
The representatives of the charities expressed their gratitude and the evening finished
with a finger buffet.
Jo Bailey, accepts a cheque for money raised by Haughton Christmas Lights from Bob
Swinnerton (left) and a cheque for money raised by HAFOD Tractor Run from Roger Perry
and Richard Bowler (right) on behalf of the Midlands Air Ambulance
Bert Moore listens as Peter Skelson, Chairman of Haughton Village Hall Committee,
expresses his gratitude for the receipt of the cheque
From left to right, Bert Moore, Peter Rowley, (Governor of Haughton St Giles Primary
School), Peter Skelson, (Chairman of Haughton Village Hall Committee), Lesley Bennion,
(Katharine House Hospice), Roger Perry, Jo Bailey, (Midlands Air Ambulance), Richard
Bowler, Melita Edge, (STARZ pre-school playgroup) and Bob Swinnerton