November heralded the start of the Christmas Season!
Events that Councillor Wattingham attended included the Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charity Quiz Night, the Mayor of Leighton-Linslade’s Rock of Ages Concert, Thomas Whitehead School’s Cake Competition, the SORTED Annual General Meeting, Dunstable and Houghton Regis Networking Awards, a visit to Tithe Farm Primary School, the Mayor of Dunstable’s Charity Racing Evening, the Bowls Club Presentation Evening, Houghton Regis Helpers Pre-Christmas Afternoon Tea and Talent Show, The Market Cross Christmas Light Switch On, and Bedfordshire Day at The Chiltern School.
Councillor Wattingham attended the service held in Houghton Regis for Remembrance Sunday and laid Wreaths at All Saints Church and the Memorial Stone on behalf of the Council. As 2018 was the Centenary of the end of World War 1, the Town Council’s Beacon was lit and there was a reconstruction of a Photograph from 100 years ago beside the Drumhead Memorial, which was built by Houghton Regis Craft and Coffee. The Heritage Society then presented a project called ‘the Homecoming’ and Hawthorn Park and Tithe Farm Primary School took part in this event and the Town Council provided refreshments. Anglia TV filmed the Act of Remembrance and Beacon lighting and it was shown on the news.
On 27th November, Councillor Wattingham hosted ‘A Celebration of Christmas’, with DJ Big Man Craig, at The Grove Theatre, Dunstable. The event was able to take place due to sponsorship from Houghton Regis Development Consortium and Dunstable Town Council, and local primary schools participated along with The Chiltern School, The Stardust Theatre Company, Houghton Regis Children’s Centre and the Houghton Regis Art Town Group. Each group sang three songs, and the Art Town Group even composed their own. There was a grand finale of ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ which included a signing performance from all the groups, led by the Stardust Theatre Company. There was also a surprise rendition of ‘Baby Shark’ in which Santa, Regis the Lion and the Dunstable Elf, took to the stage to join in the fun. The event was very successful with more than £1400 raised towards the Mayor’s nominated charities.
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