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Fayre in the Square - 8th December 2007

Photos of this event, including the choirs, can be seen here.

Festive fun despite rain: Most stallholders braved strong winds and rain for Lightwater’s Christmas ‘Fayre in the Square’

As ever with Christmas; it was the children who seemed to enjoy the Fayre best. The two school choirs, Lightwater School and Hammond School, gave their all. Festive spirit was in evidence in a glorious array of children’s hats; hats as Xmas puds; hats as Santa Claus; and fairy wings. It’s also amazing what’s possible with tinsel and a bit of creativity. Our Father Christmas is a big man, and seeing small children tell him what they wanted as stocking fillers was a delight.

Windlesham Country Market were a new addition to the Fayre this year, with their stalls selling jams, cheeses, pies, cakes and a variety of Xmas gifts, definitely a group to invite back for next year. The burgers from the Lightwater Gardening Club’s barbecue, added necessary inner warmth against the cold, as did the mulled wine on the LBA’s stall, and the hot tea on the WI’s stand.

Without All Saints’ Church Choir and their ‘whizzy’ skills with sound system and electrics, and the Lightwater Scouts big marquee, then the ‘Fayre in the Square’ wouldn’t be as all Lightwaterans have come to expect. Oh, mustn’t forget to thank the admirable Mike Duffy, proprietor of Budgens, for his and his staff’s contribution, mostly hidden from public gaze, but absolutely vital for all the village fairs.

Mike Godwin, co-chairman of the LBA, when interviewed by the Camberley News said, “…we raised enough money to give us confidence to provide the hanging baskets next year”, and commenting on the fairs said, “The fairs create a wonderful village atmosphere.” Well said, Mike.

This was the first LBA fair to suffer from rain, let’s all hope it’s the last.

2007: New website behind 40% membership growth

Lightwater Business Association holds its first formal networking event for new members to meet other local businesses

“Since the launch of its new website in December 2006 membership of the Lightwater Business Association (LBA) has increased by 40%” reported Tim Salter, Association co-chairman, at its AGM and networking evening on March 20th.

Continuing its ‘Keep it Local’ campaign to boost both awareness and business activity for businesses in Lightwater, the Association held a networking evening on 20th March for new and existing members to meet to discuss business.

Around 30 people, existing and new LBA members, were welcomed by the co-chairmen, Tim Salter of Carsons Estate Agency and Mike Godwin of Unique Car Sound & Security, and listened to a short talk by Mike Duffy, Proprietor of Budgens Supermarket in Lightwater, on why he sold the family home to fund the purchase of the franchise for Budgens in Lightwater.

Mike Godwin, Co-Chairman says, “Our first formal networking evening succeeded in getting local businesses talking together. There’s no substitute for meeting face to face to discuss business issues and opportunities.”

Soraya Dubra, Creative Gardens, said, “As one of the newest members, it was good to meet other small businesses in Lightwater and exchange ideas and contacts.”



Hanging basket