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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP NEW FERRY'S CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TO SHINE AGAIN


26 October 2013 

New Ferry will hopefully have its Christmas lights back this year - if all goes according to plan.

Wirral Borough Council has not provided Christmas lights for many years, with local businesses and traders or community organisations expected to provide them.  New Ferry Residents Association (previously New Ferry Regeneration Action Group) obtained funding from various sources and bought decorative lights for the district centre in 2006, and extended the area covered with the lights for Christmas 2007.  The lights last appeared around 2008/9 when the original community volunteers who sorted them out each year moved on to other projects, and nobody else from the community would step forward.  In more recent times the problem has been obtaining funding for their maintenance and installation.

The New Ferry Town Team Partnership (which consists of local traders, businesses, New Ferry Residents Association, Wirral Borough Council and MP Alison McGovern) has managed to secure funding from the Portas Pilots scheme set up by the government in recent years to fund repairs to the lights and their installation for December 2013.

New Ferry Residents Association Chair, Mark Anthony Craig, said: "The lights have been stored at New Ferry Village Hall for several years and are in a very poor condition.  Many of the bulb strips are not working and we have set about making repairs to as many of the lights as we can in order to get them up before this Christmas.

"We urgently need volunteers to help with making the repairs to the bulbs. The task mainly involves fixing the bulb strips to the metal frames with plastic ties, a very slow and laborious task.  We have already spent a whole day repairing some of the lights, and so far have got seven of them working - but we need more.  We will be meeting again on Friday 1st November in New Ferry Village Hall between 10.30am and 5pm to carry out more repairs. If anyone can spare some time to give assistance, we would be very grateful."

If you can spare a few hours to help, please ring John Blainey on 0151 538 6920.

 
 
 


     
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