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Christmas in Wincanton

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There have been many reasons to brave the cold and wet to visit Wincanton this Christmas and there are a number of festive events still to look forward to this year.

The Christmas festivities began with a lantern parade, showcasing large and small hand-made lanterns, including a dragon lantern - a spectacle behind the Silver Band and Father Christmas - who led procession to the annual Christmas tree lighting. Father Christmas encouraged children to make a special Christmas wish and, as if by magic, the tree lights came on!

Wassail Theatre brought their free ‘doorstep’ panto, The Charming Rat, to town on 11th December. The retelling of Cinderella, through the eyes of the rat footman, is an adventure about what happened when a rat’s dreams come true and turns into a human for a day. For more information about other Wassail performances, visit: www.wassailtheatre.co.uk/

The Christmas competition to find elves in the shop windows has now commenced - check the Wincanton Town Council website and Facebook page for further updates.

As well as having great places to eat and drink, the independent shops in the town offer an array of gift ideas, so why not buy a unique gift and support local businesses at the same time? If you stay a little later on 18 December, you can witness the last of this of this year’s light events from Wincanton Town Festival, which promises an illuminating trail of light installations that complement the traditional Christmas lights in the town.

These events will be receiving funding from South Somerset District Council as part of The Wincanton Town Centre Regeneration Events and Activity Grant.

Cllr Henry Hobhouse, portfolio holder for Wincanton Town Centre Regeneration, South Somerset District Council, is pleased to be able to support these Christmas projects: “This is the first time we have been able to combine a series of events which blend new and traditional Christmas attractions to widen the appeal for children and adults. We are proud to be able to fund each of these events.”

“The events, which are planned by local organisations or businesses for local people, will support High Street businesses by encouraging visits to the town centre. There are more events planned in 2022, including the return visit of Wassail Theatre, who will be bringing their production, Whispering Willlows, to town next summer.”

Councillor Sue Shelbourn-Barrow, the Chairman and Mayor of Wincanton Town Council, said, “We were excited to offer such an amazing event in the town which complements the festival of lights and the enhancement on the high street. Some of our local businesses have hosted a Christmas tree and the elf competition; Wincanton Town Council would like to thank those businesses and Bootmakers for support the making of lanterns, Wincanton Silver Band who entertained families and Father Christmas who, with some naughty elves and the Mad Hatter, provided cheer to make a magical event. We cannot wait until 2022 to expand the Christmas attractions in our Town”.

Find out more

Wincanton is looking for innovative events to help create a more vibrant town centre as part of the Regeneration Programme. The Events and Activities Fund is still open, and we are keen to have lots of things going on to attract people into Wincanton. If you have an idea you would like to make happen, find more information at www.southsomerset.gov.uk/wincantonregeneration  or get in touch with Susi Calder on 07395 056661 or future@wincantontowncouncil.gov.uk.

You can apply for one of two grants for up to 50% towards the project costs:

  • £5,000 maximum for 1 – 3 year project (individual application)
  • £10,000 maximum for a 1-3 year project (partnership application) for collaborative initiatives where one organisation is the applying body, co-ordinating on behalf of at least three partner groups/businesses.

 Am I eligible for support?

You are eligible to apply for a grant if your business or community organisation is wishing to organise an event in Wincanton town centre (once off, regular or annual), your activities are promoting Wincanton town centre or if your event is innovative and creative which has the potential to be viable in the longer term.

How do I apply for a grant?

An application form is available on our website at www.southsomerset.gov.uk/wincantonregeneration. Those interested can download a copy to complete and send it back to the address listed on the form.

How is my application assessed?

The Wincanton Town Centre Regeneration Board will be asked to consider any applications and the assessment of any application will be weighed against the deliverability, innovation, sustainability and value for money.

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