Christmas in Corsham

It’s coming… On Saturday 1 December the town’s Wishing Tree will be open for business in the High Street, from 10am-1pm, taking Christmas wishes to hang on the tree. (Wishes are free but a donation to our Chairman’s chosen charities would be much appreciated.) And then, on Friday 7 December, the Christmas Lights will go on in our usual family-friendly festive style, with music and entertainment, a Christmas market, Father Christmas and his reindeer – and his (free) grotto, and lots more. All the fun starts at 5pm, with the lights on at 6pm.

 

Small Business Saturday – 1 December

Saturday 1 December is national Small Business Saturday so we’ll be encouraging residents and visitors to support their local businesses and come into Corsham’s town centre to not only visit the Wishing Tree, but also to discover the great range of independent shops we are lucky enough to have here – www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com.

 

Christmas Window Competition

For all the town centre shops and businesses, the theme for this year’s Christmas Window Competition is Christmas Stars and the judging – by Town Council Chairman Cllr Steve Abbott, and the Chamber’s President Stuart Pearce – will take place the week of 3 December, with the winner being announced at the Christmas Lights Switch On on 7 December.

 

Neighbourhood Plan

As of the end of November, the examination of Corsham’s Neighbourhood Plan has been delayed, which is a great disappointment. The delay is to do with the Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening Report. Wiltshire Council concluded that a separate HRA would not be necessary, however a recent legal case elsewhere in the country has meant that many Neighbourhood Plan examinations have been held up whilst government guidance is awaited. The guidance was expected several weeks ago but has not materialised so Wiltshire Council has now agreed to get their own legal opinion. We hope to know more very soon and also hope that the referendum will go ahead early in the New Year. For full, up-to-date, information, visit www.corshamneighbourhoodplan.co.uk or contact Kirsty Gilby at the Town Hall.

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