Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Countdown to Christmas begins in Riverhead – book dates in your diary for lights, school bazaars, and Festival of Trees

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Riverhead’s Christmas lights (more than ever this year!) will be switched on at 6pm on Thursday November 29. Make a note in your diary now to make sure that you are there for the countdown. Mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies will be available from 5.30pm for all gathering in the area under The Heights in the centre of the village.

PRE-SCHOOL BAZAAR: St. Mary’s Pre-School, which has been attended by hundreds of local pre-school children over very many years, will be holding its Christmas Bazaar at Riverhead Village Hall on Saturday 24 November from 2.30 – 4.30pm. Everyone welcome. All the usual stalls will be there including raffle, tombola, silent auction, toys, children’s crafts, face painting and refreshments. Plus of course, Father Christmas will be receiving visitors in his grotto from 2.30pm. This is St. Mary’s Pre-School’s biggest fundraiser of the year, so do support your local pre-school.

AMHERST BAZAAR: The Amherst School Christmas Bazaar will be held on Saturday 1 December from noon until 4pm. There will be craft activities, toys, festive gifts, cakes and biscuits, games, a grand draw, Christmas hampers, refreshments and Santa’s grotto.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St Mary’s Church, Riverhead, will once again be holding its wonderful Festival of Christmas Trees for everyone to visit over the weekend of 8 & 9 December. Societies, groups, charities, residents’ associations, businesses, schools, nurseries, families are invited to display a decorated tree (to be retrieved afterwards for your own use) and to place promotional literature beneath it if they wish. It is a wonderful sight. There is no charge to visit but any voluntary donations will be divided between  the church and their chosen charities. For more information and to  obtain an application form to join in and display a tree see or email

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: The Christmas lights and many other things in Riverhead, including the year-round flower troughs and the recent Armistice poppy display, are organised by Riverhead Parish Council. The Parish Council is the most local rung of local government and has a voice in planning decisions, deals with Kent Highways re various matters including streetlights and pot holes and also owns and runs the Village Hall, the Riverhead Parkland, two plots of allotments and various other open spaces. The website is at

The council’s next monthly meeting will be on Monday 19 November at 7.30pm in the committee room at Riverhead Village Hall. Riverhead residents are always welcome to attend these meetings. The agenda is posted about a week beforehand on the village noticeboards and also on the council website at as are those for meetings of the planning committee. The Parish Clerk has an office (open Mondays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm) at the Village Hall and phone messages and emails are picked up regularly at other times. The Village Hall and the Committee Room are available for hire – see the web-site. The council is also contactable on Facebook and Twitter.

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