On Sunday, 20th November at 4.30 pm the bandstand outside the Spires Shopping Centre became the focus of this year’s Cherry Lodge Lights of Love. This reflective event could not be held inside because of the extensive refurbishment that is currently transforming the Spires. There were some logistical problems with the lights but these were ably dealt with!
The singing group (in good voice) opened the proceedings with ‘It’s a wonderful world’. Some 70+ people came out to hear readings by Rose, a Cherry Lodge member, and Sarah, a trustee. Yvonne, a member of staff, read out a poem composed by Bob, a CL member, which could have been written for this occasion. Two volunteers, Freddy and Sue, then read out the list of names of those specifically remembered: loved ones no longer with us, as well as those who especially need our thoughts and prayers at this time. Following the list of dedications a minute’s silence was held with everybody holding a lit candle.
The climax of the event was when, once again, the Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers, our local MP and CL patron, switched on the lights on the bandstand. The singing group ended their performance with a spirited rendition of ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’, following which all present enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies (or fairy cakes for those not partial to mince pies), which were all very welcome on a cold November evening.
Special thanks to Theresa Villiers for finding the time to fit this into her busy schedule, Greg for conducting the singers at such short notice, Renie for arranging the songs, Mick and Mike for sorting out the electrical problems and, finally, to all those involved in helping and participating in this very important event in the CL calendar.