Help us create a Christmas spectacular!

November 18, 2021

“The table was literally loaded with good cheer, and presented an epitome of country abundance.”

The Caldecotters and friends are going all-out to create a wonderful Christmas display in the heart of Whitchurch. Can you help?

In 1875, Randolph Caldecott illustrated Old Christmas: From the Sketchbook of Washington Irving. This was a hugely popular book, that sparkled with exuberant, festive and humorous images. Our favourite is the spectacular Christmas dinner table, lavishly decorated, loaded with candles and surrounded by partygoers. 

The Caldecott Festival team, along with Men in Sheds and Beacon Church, will be recreating this splendid scene in the Watergate Centre at Beacon Church.  We’ll be setting up the installation on Friday 26th November, so it’s ready for the big Christmas Lights Switch-on event on Saturday 27th. It will remain on display until Wednesday 5th January.

This will be a real team effort and we’re hoping that Whitchurch residents, young and old, will be able to help us do it.

  • Do you have any props you can lend or donate? Baubles, a Christmas tree?
  • Do you have any red, green or gold objects / papers you can spare?
  • Could you help us to paint a beautiful backdrop or festive windows?
  • Are you a whizz at making paper chains?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!  Give us a ring on 07900 051215 or email as soon as possible.

You can see the book on Project Gutenberg