Lots of people are getting excited about our second Lantern Parade, and we pray for good weather, or at least for it not to rain. So, here are up-to-date plans to help you enjoy the event. Gather in the park at 3.45pm on Sunday 7th December for a 4pm start.
If it is bucketing it down with rain, we will skip the parade and gather in St Oswald’s for the Carol singing. But, if it is merely drizzling, we will still hold the parade. Watch this space on Sunday. However, do bring wellies, we have put woodchip down on some paths, but the Park does get muddy.
You might like to bring a small decoration, eg strip of cloth or ribbon, to tie on the advent tree before you set off, if you haven’t already added your decoration.
The idea is for people to ‘bring light into the darkness’ in their own way – so a variety of home made lanterns big and small, is what we think works best. We know children have been working on their lanterns in the three churches. So we look forward to a colouful and interesting array. As last year, we have 3-4 large lanterns to light our way to the Guiseley cross led by Judy Conner.
The parade works best with a good drum beat, and this year we are offering the opportunity for 10 people to learn the rhythm from John Franklin-King, and beat our way down to Guiseley. We have got 6 takers, for this, and so have 4 places left. Please let us know quickly if you would like to do some drumming as there is a workshop for this on Friday evening, 7pm Methodist Church, Oxford Road, email firstname.lastname@example.org. However, John will also be bringing some hand percussion instruments for people to ‘rattle and roll’ on the day.
The route will be the same as last year. Out of Oxford Avenue entrance, up Oxford Avenue, along the Sycamores, up the Beeches, down the Birches, across Moorland avenue and down Kelcliffe Lane to the cross. If people want to join en route, and/or light the way with lights in houses, please do: it all makes for a lovely atmosphere.
Programme of Carols
At Guiseley cross there will be a programme of carol singing to the sound of Guiseley’s Brass Band, and some seasonal readings from our three Ministers and Jacob Phillips. If you want to practice the words, the carols will be in order
O Little Town of Bethlehem
While Shepherds Watched
Hark the Herald Angles Sing
Holy and the Ivy
O Come All Ye Faithful
we will also slip in Jingle Bells for the little ones
(we will give out hymn sheets, to be collected up afterwards)
The new community choir will also do a rendition of ‘O Holy Night’, acappella – which should be lovely.
Refreshment and Donation Bucket
Small pies and mulled drink will be given out as last year, with the help of Richard from the Station Hotel. Many people told us last year that they wanted to donate towards the cost of the Parade, so we will have a donations bucket on the mince-pie and mulled drink table.
The parade is a joint event that has been organized by the Friends of Parkinson’s Park (to replace the old Crompton Parkinson Autumn bonfire) and the Baptist, Methodist and St Oswald churches, together with the Community Choir and Guiseley Brass Band. Funds have been given by our local councillors, and a number of people have donated time, equipment and help, including the Station Hotel who have helped with the drinks, and a gentleman whose name will be put here when I find it out, who has donated the woodchip for the paths. We have invited our local ‘bobbies’ to join us, and we would like to thank all in the church groups who have helped the children make lanterns. Also to the Courthouse at Otley, who allowed us to join their lantern making workshop and a school in Otley for lending us their megaphone. The lead lanterns have been done by Judy Connor, and the drumming by John Franklin-King. But most of all, the parade will only be a success with you – this is a community parade, where the efforts of each person to make it a success will add together to bring happiness to all.
Happy Christmas from the FOPP Team – Christine, Jenny, Andy, Ann, Barbara, Josie, Nicola, and Colin, as well as Peter, Peter, Leakie, John, Vivien, and Martyn.