The community came together in true Ringwood style on Sunday 1st December to welcome in ‘Christmas in Ringwood’ 2019.
Over 50 market stalls, stretching down to Fridays Cross, and local shops provided some fantastic shopping opportunities and the stage in the Market Place delivered an afternoon of festive enjoyment.
The fair ground rides entertained the children as well as the Christmas grotto which was busy all afternoon.
The brand-new Town Lights were switched on by Father Christmas in front of thousands gathered in the Market Place.
The lights have been very well received by the local community, many of whom have written to the Town Council or commented on social media to say how festive the town is looking.
The organisers of the event, Ringwood Events Team through Ringwood Town Council, want to express their heartfelt thanks to the many, many individuals and organisations who supported the event, either financially or ‘in kind’.
But most importantly, thank you to the local community for coming along and helping us to celebrate the start of the Christmas period. Season’s greetings, one and all!
List of organisations to thank from Christmas In Ringwood
The Sampson Horses
Robey (Jason and the Parker family)
Santa’s Train (Clare Green and family)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Stuart Wallis, New Forest Metalwork)
Gala Lights for the fantastic new Christmas lights, the Ringwood Town Council working party and our Town Clerk, Chris Wilkins, for sourcing and selecting them and all the shops and businesses who allowed lights to be hung from their buildings and in many cases provided the electricity supply.
Our most generous Sponsors:–
Churchill Retirement Living
Oak Mount Retirement Homes
England Garden Machinery
The Railway PH
Ringwood Motor Company
Crow Farm Shop
Buckman Front Office
The Dressing Room
The Cellar and
Ringwood Rotary Club for staffing the grotto and providing stewards.
Surereed Limited, Peter Hayward and Carr and Neave for the use of 23 and 23A Market Place
Insight Security and Matt Ring for his support at Friday’s Cross.
Abacus Vehicle Hire (Sophie Wolfenden) for the truck that became the stage.
Tanya Christopher for the straw that Santa and the elves sat on.
The Waitrose elves
Ringwood School elves
Waitrose and Sainsbury for chocolates and sweets
Cllr Gloria O’Reilly and partner John Harding, the Buckman Front office staff (Pat and Trish) and Cllr Gareth Deboos and his wife Mary for the grotto decorations, Gloria and John again for the stage and trailer decorations
Cllr Hilary Edge for organising much of the stage and street entertainment
All the stage and street performers:-
Wendy Jane (harpist)
Sandy Balls Away Resorts Holiday Park
Churches Together Scratch Choir
Lorenzo, pianist and Gary Laport, Guitarist to Rod Stewart – food e-box.
All the stall holders and those who opened their shops/cafes etc, put posters up, fed the volunteers and entered the shop window display competition.
The King’s Church
The Church of St Peter and St Paul
Barbara Hall (Crafts on Carvers)
Ollie and father for the sound system
Michael Lingham Willgoss (MLW) for his commentary on proceedings
“Dangerous” for sourcing and transporting the tree
Georgia Heron – for assistance with putting up the tree
The Star for their loan of (one of) Santa’s chairs
Jim Stride – social media postings, including live videos
Ringwood TV/Fizeek Media – video
Derek Maidment – photographs and social media postings
Cllr Darren Loose for the loan of the model winter scenes for the Grotto window display
Gary Smart for organising the Funfair
R&F News – publicity
Lord Morant – Market Charter Rights Holder
Lynn Seager for staffing the Gin Stall, putting down and then with the assistance of our former Mayor Tim Ward and his wife Jane, picking up the footsteps leading to the grotto.
The Moortown House Cat for posing in front of Santa’s Fireplace
The Police (who fortunately had very little to do!)
The Weather Gods
Residents living in the High Street, Market Place, West Street and surrounding areas for their patience and understanding.
The thousands of Ringwood and other local residents and visitors who supported the Event simply by being there .
And of course, Ringwood Events Team (Cllrs Day, Ring, Haywood, Briers and Heron and their long-suffering families), the Grounds Team, Ringwood Town Council office staff, Gateway Front desk ladies and finally and most importantly of all, our wonderful Events Co-ordinator, Charmaine Bennet (and her husband and children).