Christmas switch-on – FV Tue 29 Nov, WB Fri 2 Dec

Father Christmas visiting Whaley Bridge last year.


is approaching very fast.  On Tuesday 29 November. Furness Vale’s Christmas tree will be switched on by Councillor Jon Goldfinch, chair of Whaley Bridge Town Council. And on Friday 2 December, Whaley Bridge’s Christmas tree will be switched on, also by Councillor Jon.

The Furness Vale tree is at the Soldier Dick pub.  The switch-on is at 7.30pm.  The Rev Margaret Own, vicar of Disley and Furness Vale, will introduce  the performers. Including Goyt Valley Brass, who will accompany carol singing, and the children’s choir from Furness Vale primary school.

Furness Vales Santa’s grotto will be on the Soldier Dick car park. It is organised by the school PTA, with profits going to school funds.  After the switch-on, mince pies and coffee will be served to the public in the Community Hall.  There is a charge of 50p, with proceeds going to High Peak Hospice Care.

The Whaley Bridge tree is in the Jodrell car park, near the station.  The switch-on is at 7pm.  Events will follow the traditional pattern, with Whaley Bridge brass band  accompanying carols and Powderkegs performing their morris dancing around the streets.  Santa’s grotto will again be in Footsteps. 

To help with your Christmas shopping, local shops will stay open late.  There will be a Christmas market in the Mechanics’ Institute, with a range of stalls selling gifts.