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When the lights go on again............
Amazing. Another year gone by. And the first of the Christmas Rituals was played out on Sunday. Thanks from us all to the gang of willing helpers who braved a freezing morning to put up the Christmas trees. The weather started off miserable and got colder and wetter. But all the trees were in place by lunchtime. Dave Hawtin explained how he had spent the previous few weeks testing out the lights and replacing dud bulbs. But they are delicate. Any knocks and there's a problem. This year is positively the last appearance for these lights which are well past their sell-by date. Keep your fingers crossed. More volunteers could be needed over the holiday to keep Chippy looking as festive and cheerful as it was doing on Sunday evening.
Jim Crease reports
Once again the lights are up and looking great, but every day Dave Hawtin from the Chipping Norton Society and helpers have been out fixing bulbs that have blown. Fixing them involves time-consuming ladder work. We had been hoping to have new more reliable lamp sets this year but progress has been slow. Here's the story so far:
It looks as though low voltage LED light sets newly available in the country will be the way to go because of their guaranteed long life. There is one set on the tree between the old Mill and West St Newsagents. Before we can use them we need to locate light sets with weatherproof transformers so that we can plug into the external waterproof 13 amp power sockets that we mostly use. Comments and constructive suggestions would be welcome. Email: Dave Hawtin
Jim Crease .
One way or another it is going to cost significant money. We hope support will come from the Councils but it will be the support of the businesses and people of Chippy in the New Year that will decide whether the lights will go on next year.
Editors note: AH...thats why they look so different