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Appeal for businesses to sponsor Brentwood and Shenfield Christmas events this year

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 September 2018

Brentwood Borough Council is looking for businesses to sponsor its Christmas events this year. Picture: James Tye

Brentwood Borough Council is looking for businesses to sponsor its Christmas events this year. Picture: James Tye

James Tye

I know a lot of people don't want to talk about the C-word but it's got to be said - Christmas.

It’s difficult to think about with the ongoing warm weather but we are only about three months away from the festivities and the council is already hard at work planning this year’s events and are looking for businesses in the area to sponsor the event.

Lighting Up Brentwood will take place on November 24 in and around the High Street which will be closed to cars for the day.

The event, which usually attracts around 10,000 people, will have seasonal stalls, food and drink, a Santa’s grotto, street performers, rides and talented performers from the borough.

The event will run from 12.30pm with the arrival of Santa and his sleigh which will end with the Christmas lights being switched on by the Mayor of Brentwood at around 5pm.

The Shenfield Christmas Fayre will take place on Sunday, December 9, where Hutton Road will be closed to cars and filled with fun festive activities, stalls and entertainment.

School choirs, amongst other performers, will treat audiences to fantastic songs, and bands and singers will keep the festive cheer flowing as visitors enjoy mulled wine and local produce.

There are a range of packages available for businesses who wish to sponsor either of the events, including those for particular event attractions and advertising in the event programmes.

The deadline for showing interest in becoming a sponsor is Friday, September 21.

The deadline for stallholders and performers to apply is also September 21 so, if you would like to perform to the crowds or have a stall of festive goodies to bring along, please ensure you make an application.

Brentwood Borough Council is also looking for volunteers who can spare some time to help on both of the days.

Councillor Chris Hossack, chairman of the community, health and housing committee, said: “These events are a staple in the community calendar.

“Thousands of people join us to bask in the festivities and get into the Christmas spirit.

“It is a great opportunity to become involved and promote your business or your talent to a large crowd or local residents.

“So please do get in touch and support us, either by way of sponsorship, volunteering, providing a stall or singing a song!”

To find out more, visit brentwood.gov.uk/events

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