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Findon Valley Residents' Association

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FVRA Sprit of Christmas

Supporting Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

Sprit of Christmas Advertising Poster

STOP PRESS We are delighted to let you know that £2,507.79 was raised at our 'Spirit of Christmas' late night shopping and community event. Maggie Winter, who chairs the Christmas Committee, presented the cheque to Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice during assembly at Vale School on Friday, 9 January 2015. She also handed over the framed original posters to the three winners of the school poster design competition.

From left to right: Rachel Hall (winner of the poster design competition}, Maggie Winter (FVRA), Ellie Sparkes, Nancy Vincent & Caroline Roberts-Quigley (Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice)

This achievement was the cherry on the icing of the Christmas cake to an evening of festive fun and entertainment. This included a wide variety of children's amusements, singing from Vale School Choir, a Grand Raffle, a Bottle Tombola, hospitality from the many shops and businesses open, side shows, music from a Dutch Street Organ, stands with local charities, display of work from the Findon Valley Arts & Crafts Group and of course Father Christmas! There was also a Vale School children's photo competition (more details below of the winning photo) to capture the best 'Spirit of Christmas' moment of the evening!!

A special thank you to the many visitors who came along, to the shops and businesses that were open and offered their hospitality to everyone, to the different charities who had their stands and promoted their special causes, to all those who donated prizes for the FVRA grand raffle and bottle tombola. to those who entertained everyone, young and old, to Vale School teachers and pupils, to Winner Events who provided the lighting, the police and firemen who attended... and finally to the team of volunteers who planned and worked hard to make the 'Spirit of Christmas' happen! This is a long list but everyone has to be mentioned.


Vale School Children's Photo Competition

Jemma Potts -photo competition winner
Jemma Potts - photo competition winner

We decided to have a photo competition specially for Vale School children to capture the true 'spirit of Christmas' during the evening. The prize is a special £10 'One for all' Christmas gift card that can be used in many stores like Argos, Toys 'R' Us, Hamleys, Waterstones, WH Smiths, Boots and many more!

The event started at an assembly at Vale School on Friday, 14 November, Maggie Winter from the FVRA, came along to announce the three winners of the design-a-poster competition to promote their annual FVRA 'Spirit of Christmas' event in King's Parade from 5pm on Friday, 5 December.

We are pleased to announce that Jemma Potts, 7 years' old, was judged to have the winning photo: children enjoying the falling 'snow flakes' as you can see above! She now has her £10 gift token to treat herself to a Christmas present! Thank you to the others who sent in photos for the competition.

Vale School Children's Poster Design Competition

Poster Winner

Rachel Hall - Poster Design Winner

Each winner was given their voucher and a laminated copy of their poster while their original ones are being framed specially for them. A big THANK YOU to the pupils who got involved in this competition. Sian Head, teacher of 5SH, received a box of chocolates for having the highest number of pupils in her class who entered the competition. All the judges (representatives from Attle Locksmiths, Linga Longa Café, Michael Jones Estate Agent & SellSmart in King's Parade) all commented on the high standards of the pupils' entries this year, which made the decision very hard to choose the top three.

  • The FVRA poster design competition top three from left to right: Rachel Hall (1st), Zoë Powell (2nd) and Joseph Pinn (3rd)
    Poster Winners
  • 1st Rachel Hall, 8 years old - winning a £25 Amazon Voucher
    1st Rachel Hall
  • 2nd Zoë Powell, 11 years' old - winning a £10 Amazon voucher
    2nd Zoë Powell
  • 3rd Joseph Pinn, 11 years' old - winning a £10 Amazon voucher
    3rd Joseph Pinn

Supporting Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice

Christmas Tree

During the daytime, Friday, 6 December 2013 passed by mildly but by the time the start of our annual late night shopping and community event there were snow flurries of the artificial kind descending upon the pavement of King's Parade with the temperature still on the comfortable side.

From 5 - 7.30pm. King's Parade transformed to a variety of sideshows, entertainment, children’s activities and handicraft/charity stalls. Shops on the parade were open for visitors to take part in competitions, visit Santa Claus and his helpers in a festive grotto and a display of all the work created by the FVRA Arts & Crafts Group. Vale School had their own Pampering Parlour where children were able to have a makeover with face and nail painting. Also there was a stall showing many handmade Christmas tree decorations for sale created by the school children, proving to be a great success.

There was a lot of singing that took place with Vale School Choir, Jenna (a vocalist) and an all-girl group called The Luvettes... all adding to the festive spirit, with the unique sound of a Dutch street organ playing throughout the early evening as well.

Cheque Handover - Caroline (left) with Maggie (right) and three Vale School children

Being a charity event, the FVRA decided that all money generated from a Prize Raffle, Bottle Tombola and other activities would be donated to the Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice. Other local charities were invited along with their own stands, to give them a chance to promote their special causes.

The result of all this was a record £2,453.21 raised, 21% higher than the 2012 event. On Friday, 24 January 2014, during the morning assembly at Vale School, the cheque was handed over to Caroline Roberts-Quigley, Community Fundraiser of Chestnut Tree house by Maggie Winter, FVRA Christmas Committee Chairperson.

STOP PRESS - 13/2/14 - We have just received a letter from Chestnut Tree House saying that they decided to add an additional £63.05, raised on their stall during the evening, to the total so we have now an amazing figure of £2,516.26... Maggie Winter, Chairman of the Christmas Committee, says, "The total amount that we have raised since we began supporting the children's hospice in 2009 is now a whopping £7,786.96 so there is everything to go for and reach £10,000 for this year's event taking place on Friday, 5 December!"

All the Vale School children were involved in a poster design competition during Autumn 2013 half term. There were 100 designs drawn, making it very hard for the judging panel (representatives from two businesses in King's Parade - Attles Locksmiths and Michael Jones Estate Agent - very difficult. Three had to be short-listed from which one had to be the winner.

Each child also received a framed picture of their own design, an additional gift alongside their Amazon voucher.

  • 1st (£25 voucher) – Tilly Smith, aged 10 years
    1st Tilly Smith
  • 2nd (£15 voucher) – Poppy Miles, aged 5 years
    2nd Poppy Miles
  • 3rd (£10 voucher) – Evie Nichols, aged 7 years
    3rd Evie Nichols

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone involved in making the 2013 Spirit of Christmas the best yet: all the members of the Christmas event committee; all the charity stalls and the people who came along to entertain; the staff and the pupils of Vale School and above all, the many local residents to attended, enjoyed and donated our record-breaking donation.

2012 FVRA Spirit of Christmas

  • Notification of thanks
  • FVRA £2,012 donation cheque handover
  • Photo courtesy of Attle Locksmith
  • Photo courtesy of Attle Locksmith
  • Photo courtesy of Attle Locksmith
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
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2010 Christmas Late Night Shopping Extravaganza

We are pleased to announce that we raised £1,400 for the Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice on the night so a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who played their part in achieving this all-time record.

  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
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  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
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  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler
  • Photo courtesy of John Chandler

2009 Christmas Late Night Shopping at King's Parade

During the evening we raised over £1000 for the Chestnut Tree Children's Hospice and Make-a-Wish Foundation.

A special congratulations to Brian Oliver, FVRA Events Chairman, and his committee of hard-working people who put so much dedication and effort in making our 2009 event the best ever!

2006 Christmas Late Night Shopping at King's Parade

  • Christmas Tree donated by Shoots Garden Centre.
  • David Goncalves, FVRA Chairman,  hands over a cheque to the Chestnut Tree Appeal.
  • Children enjoying the roundabout provided.
  • Splash FM Radio broadcasting from PC Help.