WHAT WE'VE DONE
For a long time, people in Saltash never had an organised firework display. A few years ago, volunteers from Saltash United Football Club decided to change that, and since then a team of dedicated volunteers has worked hard to deliver an annual event to remember. Planning to make sure everyone has fun but stays safe takes up a lot of our time, but we've also been busy fundraising and applying for grants - you may have seen us raising funds at our stalls at Saltash May Fair and Saltash Regatta. We've already received pledges of support, raffle prizes and grants, but now we need your help to make the firework display fabulous. Last year, £1,000 of the money we raised went on fireworks. Our target for this year is £1,500.
Starting at 2pm, we'll be having live music, an outdoor market, hot food, bouncy castles and lots more fun entertainment for the child in all of us, including a wheelbarrow race and a Wassail dance led by children from local schools. With your help, we'll be finishing off the event with a stunning firework display delivered by a professional company with high safety standards.
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN
Be a part of delivering a fantastic professional fireworks display in Saltash. Every penny counts, and every person who pledges will make a HUGE difference to our campaign and to the quality of the display on the night. As we now make the final push to raise £1,500 for fireworks, we are hoping you can help through this crowdfunding campaign. The money raised will go towards purchasing fireworks through a professional company, towards health & safety requirements and towards making the event magical.
WASSAILING AT THE ONSET OF WINTER
In ancient Celtic society, the beginning of November marked the entry in to the 'black months', and was a time when the dead were honoured to ensure the renewal of fertility and the prosperity of the tribe. In the Celtic dialect spoken in Cornwall, this celebration was known as Kalan Gwav, meaning 'first day of winter'. Here in Cornwall, it was less sinister than in other Celtic corners, and became a harvest feast featuring apples, which have long been the symbol of immortality, knowledge and fertility. The Saltash Kalan Gwav Festival, with its Guardian of the Apple who leads children in a Wassail dance to bless apple trees, is a revitalised rendition of this ancient festival. It's an opportunity for the whole area to come together and celebrate our heritage, our community and the start of winter. And with your help, it'll be finished off with fantastic fireworks!