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Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union, FXU supports Penryn’s Christmas Lights Switch On event

4 December 2013

Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (FXU) is teaming up with Penryn Traders, the Christmas Lights Committee and Penryn Town Council to bring local residents a plethora of festivities and entertainment in the run up to Christmas.

Dig out your reindeer antlers and santa hats, and head down to Penryn High Street on Saturday 7 December for an evening of festive fun and frolics.

The merriment will commence with a parade through Penryn Town Centre featuring local dignitaries, which is due to leave the Memorial Gardens at 6.15pm. Following the switching on of the Christmas lights by Jenny Gluyas, who runs the town’s Friday market, you can then enjoy some traditional carol singing from the Penryn Junior School Choir, accompanied by Lanner Brass Band, plus FXU’s very own Viva Voce and The Chorus. Roast chestnuts, mulled wine and mince pies will be served throughout the evening at the Thirsty Scholar.

FXU President for the University of Exeter at the Penryn Campus, Chaz Malyon, has helped to co-ordinate a series of activities for students to participate in at the Campus in the run-up to the event, from bauble decorating to door-to-door candy cane deliveries. He says: “Penryn Lights highlights the importance of bringing our community together through a range of festive activities across one magical evening. It will provide our students with the opportunity to experience a flavour of Christmas in the heart of Cornwall and the chance to work with local people to create a special event.”

There will be something for the young and the young at heart to enjoy throughout the event, with a street circus, santa’s grotto, face painting, tree decorating and music. In addition, a guided tour of the town by lantern, complete with historical anecdotes, will depart from the Town Hall at 7.30pm. It’s packed full of surprises, so be sure not to miss that one!

“The Penryn Christmas Lights Committee has been run by local volunteers for over 30 years, supported by Penryn Town Council, local businesses and the general public through donations,” adds Chairman of the Penryn Christmas Lights Committee, Michael Moore. “This year, we are very pleased that Penryn Traders and FXU have joined us to raise money for the Christmas Lights fund and arrange additional activities for everyone to enjoy.”

“Penryn Traders Group would like to thank Michael Moore and the members of the Lighting Committee for their tireless efforts in arranging and managing another Penryn Lights Festival and we are especially pleased this year that the Penryn Campus students and FXU have embraced the event with such enthusiasm and imagination,” says Chair of the Penryn Traders Group, David Tayler. “Their contribution is hugely appreciated and we hope that 2013 marks the beginning of a fruitful collaboration that will continue to grow thereafter.”

“The Town Council is delighted that the Penryn Traders group and FXU are involved in the festivities for the Christmas Lights Switch On this year to build on the excellent work of the Christmas Lights Committee in previous years,” adds Penryn Town Clerk, Michelle Davey.  “Following on from the Green Fields and Penryn Arts Festivals earlier this year, it is another excellent example of partnership working to bring a memorable event to the residents of Penryn.”

Full schedule of events:

  • 6pm: Procession gathers at Memorial Gardens
  • 6.15pm: Procession of local dignitaries leaves Memorial Gardens and heads towards Penryn Town Centre
  • 6.30pm: Procession arrives and lights will be switched on by Jenny Gluyas
  • 6.35pm: Carols sung by Penryn Junior School Choir accompanied by Lanner Brass Band
  • 6.45pm: Carol singing with Viva Voce and The Chorus choirs from Penryn Campus
  • 7pm: Dignitaries retire to the Town Hall for mince pies and mulled wine. Viva Voce take to the stage
  • 7.20pm: Street Circus. Santa’s Grotto opens, face painting competition begins and Christmas tree decorating by students and children
  • 7.45pm: The Chorus choir
  • 8pm: Guided tour of the town by lantern. Historical and anecdotal – with surprises!
  • 8.30pm: Live jazz trio
  • 8.45pm: Judging of face painting competition and presentation of Christmas tree decoration prizes

All events and times are subject to alteration. Street Circus characters and other costumed characters will interact with the crowd between performances.

A small charge will be made for face painting and the guided tour of the town by lantern, with all proceeds going to the Penryn Christmas Lights Fund. A cake sale is being held by students from Falmouth University and the University of Exeter at the Penryn Campus on the preceding Tuesday, with all proceeds going to the Penryn Christmas Lights Fund, and students are organising a quiz on Friday 6 December (7.30pm at the Thirsty Scholar – all are welcome), from which proceeds will also be donated.  Falmouth University and the University of Exeter have also sponsored one of the Christmas trees in the town.

Stewards will be provided to attend road closure points until 9pm and indoor contingencies are being planned for inclement weather.