A VILLAGE church will light up this Christmas — to remember those who can’t be present for the festive season.
Measham Parish Council is asking people to sponsor a light bulb on the tower of St Laurence Church, in High Street, which will be illuminated as part of this year’s Measham @ Christmas celebrations.
Money raised from the scheme, named Measham’s Tower Of Light, will be given to Measham United Charities, which will use it to provide Christmas hampers for the needy.
Parish council member Stuart Boothroyd, along with his wife Sue, helped to organise a similar venture while living in Berkshire and hope the Measham scheme will capture the imagination in their adopted village.
He told the Mail: “The idea is to give people the chance to think of friends, relatives and loved ones at Christmas time, and will also benefit those less fortunate than ourselves.
“It’s not just to remember people who have passed away — it could also be someone who is working abroad, serving in the armed forces or just can’t be around at Christmas time.
“The lights will run from the flagpole on the church to the corners of the tower, so it should look quite spectacular.”
People can sponsor a bulb for a suggested donation of £5, and will receive an acknowledgment card bearing a suitable verse, while their name and that of the person they are remembering will be displayed at the church and the parish offices in High Street.
The lights will be illuminated as a separate part of the Measham @ Christmas lights switch-on, to be held on Thursday, December 6.
Sponsorship forms can be obtained from locations around the village, including the parish offices and the library and leisure centre, both off High Street.
The forms for the bulb sponsors will also be made available on the Measham Parish Council website at http://measham.leicestershireparish councils.org