Primary school pupils set to switch on Wroughton's Christmas lights

By Ben Fitzgerald - 28 November 2019


Four pupils from Wroughton Infant and Junior Schools will take centre stage on Saturday 30 November when they press the button for the official switch-on of the village Christmas tree. The pupils, whose names are being selected at random in a draw at the schools this week, will perform the highlight of the Wroughton Christmas Community Fayre.

This year the tree, which is sponsored by Richard James estate agents Wroughton office, is a magnificent 25ft Norwegian spruce. The afternoon begins with a Wroughton Country Market’s Christmas Market inside the Ellendune Community Centre from 2pm. Then from 4.30pm Carl Humphreys of BBC Wiltshire will be outside the centre, entertaining the crowds and helping with the countdown as the four pupils get ready to push the switch at 5pm.

Ross Sutton, manager of Richard James estate agents, said: “Wroughton is a lovely community, and there’s nothing better than seeing everyone coming together for this annual event and sharing the spirit of Christmas. We at Richard James are very happy we can play a part in lighting up the village – once the lights are on, it will definitely feel a lot like Christmas!

“We’re sure the lucky children who are picked to perform the most important task of the event will be thrilled to bits, and we can’t wait to see them do the honours!”

Wroughton Parish Council Chair John Hewer said: “The switch on of the Christmas tree lights is a favourite date in the village calendar because it’s a good opportunity for villagers to meet up and begin their Christmas countdown.

“We do appreciate the generosity of Ross and his team at Richard James, and are delighted to be working in partnership with them again this year.

“As always, we are also very grateful for the hard work put in by the volunteers who give their time and effort to make this event happen.”

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