A village will be lit up for the first time in around eight years this Christmas after the community rallied together to help buy new lights and refurbish forgotten displays.
With the support of local businesses, residents and organisations, the Wimblington Christmas Lights group has raised just under £3,000 since forming in February.
Now the village is getting ready for a grand Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday, November 29.
The lights group started fundraising from scratch, holding everything from bacon butty mornings to horse race nights and quiz nights to raise the festive cash.
Together with donations from businesses, and donations in envelopes distributed to every household in the community, the group was able to buy new Christmas lights.
Group member Joanne Rose said there was also enough money to refurbish some of old lights from the village’s previous displays.
She said: “The group have met regularly, held meetings, formed working party weekends and earlier this month saw us start to put up the lights. It’s been a fantastic effort all round, and we can’t wait for the grand switch-on.”
The switch-on event will begin with a craft fayre at Wimblington Parish Hall from 4pm. There will be hot food, refreshments and mulled wine on offer, with all proceeds going into next year’s lights funding pot.
At 4.20pm, Father Christmas will set off around the village on his sleigh trailer loaded with sweets and armed with collection buckets to collect any spare change.
His sleigh will arrive at the hall at around 6pm, in time for children from Thomas Eaton School singing Christmas songs, and the big switch-on at 6.30pm. The switch-on will be assisted by pupil Millie Rooney, who won a poster competition to produce a flyer advertising the event.
There will be also festive games, stalls, a fairground ride, and live music in the Parish Hall car park.
Ms Rose said: “It is hoped residents will see Santa on parade, and then make their way to the hall for the switch-on.”