Celebrate & Illuminate

Herts Year of Culture 2020

Celebrate and Illuminate!

December is our Celebrate and Illuminate theme and organisations across the county have not let us down! 

Secret Society of Hertford Crafters

Once again, The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters (SSOHC) combined a festive activity to bring the Christmas spirit to Hertford and Ware residents, shoppers and businesses …. Whilst raising money for two local charities, Carers in Herts and Citizens Advice Bureau, East Herts.

SSOHC yarnbombed 40 Royal Mail Postboxes with festive toppers; 27 in Hertford, 11 in Ware [plus one shop as the Post Office in Martins has had to close], 1 in Watton at Stone and 1 in Van Hage Garden Centre and you can find the locations of them all on their website:  www.ssohc.co.uk

If you would like to donate, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YarnBomberXmas

Festive Streets, Playing Out St Albans

Neighbours and community groups all over St Albans District created colourful decorated windows in their streets this festive season as part of a new community project designed to help neighbours celebrate together with social distancing.  The Festive Streets initiative was organised by Playing Out St Albans District, part of the environmental charity, Sustainable St Albans.

Lesley Flowers, trustee of Sustainable St Albans said:
“Like our Playing Out scheme, this project helps neighbours get to know each other and it seems to have captured people’s desire to show their community spirit at this difficult time.”  Over 300 people signed up with at least 60 streets creating decorated windows.

Each Festive Street was run at street level with neighbours reaching out to nearby houses in a socially distanced way and inviting people to join in by decorating a window or simply enjoying the display.  Some streets are organising charity donations with their Festive Streets project: some collecting food for local foodbanks; others with online donation pages.

Festive Streets have pulled together a gallery of all the fabulous designs have a look here: https://sustainablestalbans.org/festive-streets-gallery/ PHOTO credit for images above (clockwise L-R, starting top left): Paulo Caracciolo Bond; Carol Rule; Cavendish Road, Tonand Tanna; Cowper Road SSA1; Cowper Road SSA9; Centre: Carol Rule

Electric Umbrella's The Big Light Up!

YOCI and hundreds of others across Hertfordshire enjoyed a wonderful Christmas sing-along as part of Electric Umbrella's amazing Big Light Up!  Hertfordshire's learning disabled community shared their fabulous voices and most importantly their ability to have fun!  Thanks so much for having her.  

Hertsmere Window Wanderland


InspireAll, who manage events in partnership with Hertsmere Borough Council, teamed up with Elstree and Borehamwood town council, Aldenham parish council, Bushey Festival, Christmas in Potters Bar and Family Centre services Hertsmere to bring the very first Window Wanderland to the borough.  This fun family-friendly event saw communities across the borough create illuminated displays in windows using street-facing windows of their homes, businesses, schools and nurseries.  The formal event took place across the 19th and 20th December but many displays could be seen throughout the festive season.   Hertsmere Borough Council joined the event by displaying all the entries to the Mayor's Annual Seasonal Card competition to create an eye-catching display.  YOCI herself gave the mayor a helping hand to judge the competition! 

Dacorum Festive Lanterns

Isolated artists from Nimble Crafters, supported by Community Action Dacorum displayed their decorated lanterns in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead from 15th December until 4th January 2020. Their work was shown alongside creations from Open Door Berkhamsted and Dacorum Supported Housing.

Watford Diwali Celebrations

Although traditional celebrations couldn't go ahead this year, November saw Watford Town Hall, Watford Museum and Watford Palace Theatre lit up in honour of the great festival of light, Diwali.   

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