We Love Portishead & Christmas
Portishead Christmas Lights is run by volunteers who are committed not only to make Portishead as festive as possible, but to be the best in the West in the category of 'Town Christmas Lights'.
The Portishead Christmas Lights now represent a ‘Golden Mile’ of festive illumination: through the High Street and now extending up West Hill and the Waitrose Piazza.
Each year we have over 100 volunteers come out In all kinds of weather to help put up and take down the lights.
We have a dedicated community team who meet regularly throughout the year to talk all thing Christmas lights.
The annual cost each year for the lights is around £20,000. We receive an absolutely vital grant of £8,000 from Portishead Town Council but the rest of the £12,000 is met by local fundraising. Over the years many local groups have generously chosen to raise money in various ways for the lights. This is much appreciated and has helped us to pursue a process of continual improvement.
But as the years on by, the costs are rising and rising. We have to pay of electricity, equipment, bulbs, road closures, the list goes on ! To help reduce cost, we are now 100% LED and we are constantly reviewing our energy suppliers to get the best deal.
All our hard work has not gone un-noticed !!! In 2015 we was Winners of North Somerset Voluntary Organisation/Charity of the Year and in 2018 we was Finalist for the Blachere Town Christmas Lights Competition, coming 6th in the UK.
We love this from Facebook
Annette Hennessy- After seeing the magical Christmas switch on now for many years,
The beautiful display always brings one or two tears,
Your team do so well and mostly without a hitch,
So don’t worry about this year’s technical glitch,
As child and adult, I have seen no committee member shirk,
From bringing us the fun and please keep the sound of the exciting fireworks,
Portishead looks wonderful and that’s just thanks to you as the years before,
And more people came on Monday evening than I can ever recall,
Our town is so big now, it must be a logistical nightmare,
But from the comments it is clear everyone loves the lights and their feelings show they care ,
Without the display Portishead would not be the same,
So you have our support now and year after year again. ????????????????
Angie Sparrow- I photocopied this one but my son wrote a second letter obviously the first letter is for Santer and gave it to one of your little helpers on the night of the Christmas switch on along with little treats for you all, happy reading and thank you for everything that you do in the words of Jonah special xx￼￼
Some of the Past and Present Volunteers !
Please if you can, please support us. We have so much passion for what we do and we want to make 2020 even more special and of course be the Best in the West and the UK for town Christmas Lights !