At Christmas, Lyndhurst has one hundred and forty small trees on shop fronts, a Village tree and one for the Community Centre. Making Lyndhurst an attraction for locals and visitors at the darkest time of the year.
Question. Who makes this happen every year?
Answer. The Lyndhurst Village Decorations Committee. A volunteer body that provides decorations throughout the year in the Village of Lyndhurst. We also take responsibility for some of the flower beds.
The annual bill for supplying trees, replacing and enhancing equipment together with the costs of the electrician, insurances and other admin items come close to £10,000 per year. Funding is achieved by the Committee running fund raising events, inviting all local businesses to contribute an annual sum, the receipt of donations and sourcing sponsorship and other funding streams.
Year on year it is becoming more difficult and expensive to comply with present regulations. As a Committee we are determined to keep the tradition of the “Lyndhurst Lights” alive but will not be able to look to the future without your help and support.
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The Committee liaise with the Chamber of Trade and the Parish Council sourcing flags for specific occasions such as when the Olympic torch came through the Village and celebrating the life of Arthur Phillip, a local man, who founded modern day Sydney in Australia.
It all started many years ago when a few traders got together and draped a string of coloured lights across the street plugged in to one of their upstairs flats to provide some extra Christmas cheer. This evolved into a Committee who organised volunteers to erect strings and small trees all individually powered through over a hundred individual timers and safety devices.
The people then involved felt unable to face the challenge of regulations. The group disbanded and the funds were handed over to the Parish Council for safe keeping. The Council formed a steering group which evolved into the Committee we have today.
Today the lights are powered from eight distribution boxes positioned along the High Street. The final connection is made by a qualified electrician who provides the appropriate cabling and connections to the latest specifications.
By using volunteer labour and investing in modern equipment the committee has managed to keep the costs under control but still pays out a considerable sum to provide an effective display.
Your support is not only appreciated but is vital to the Village
By supporting the Lyndhurst Village Decorations Committee you are doing your part to enable us to provide an experience that is unrivalled in the New Forest area.