This year, we heralded the Christmas season by
turning on the lights! As Town Mayor, it was my honour to switch on the
Christmas lights display across Whitehill & Bordon, funded by Whitehill
Town Council. We have injected more Christmas sparkle into the town this year
with Christmas lights along Chalet Hill, the trees in the kebab van carpark, a
large illuminated Stag at SiGNAL (Martinique House) and we have also provided
the six Christmas trees in planters at either end of the town; at Sutton Field
and near the Eco Station. They look so beautiful and welcome people to our
Thanks go to the Whitehill Town Council officers for the tireless work behind the scenes who, in the new Christmas tradition, are now working from home again. Also a thank you to Ashley Kennard (Mayor’s Consort), Pastor Dave Berry for speaking at the Christmas Light Switch on, my fellow councillors, especially Cllr Catherine Clark (Deputy Mayor) and Cllr Andy Tree (Leader of the Council).
Light does more than create a festive mood – light brings hope and hope of more light.
There are times when the light is easy to see and times when we have to work a bit harder to spread that light; we have to choose to see it, focus on it and reflect it. I love how the people of Whitehill and Bordon take those opportunities; whether it is through coming together when we can for events such as Armistice Day, supporting individual efforts (like Brian Wood) and local businesses through our Christmas fairs, right down to the smiles we exchange even when obscured by our masks.
As a Christian, I believe that Jesus is “the light of the world” and see his birthday as an annual inspiration – a reminder that we can all do our bit to light up our corner of the world.
Whichever way you choose to light up 2022, Whitehill Town Council can, and want to support you. The deadline for major grant aid is approaching – Friday 31st December 2021. Please visit our website for eligibility criteria and the application form.
I pray that your holiday season is filled with love, hope and light. From myself personally and the whole Whitehill Town Council team – Merry Christmas!!!