Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Crowds flock to Aveley Christmas market

ON Sunday 13th December we heard that there were traffic queues coming off the M25. We’re not sure if it was just Lakeside visitors because with over 3,000 people visiting the Aveley Christmas Market, we may just have contributed to the queues.

At 8am the High Street was empty and wet. With the road closure in place there was a deserted feel to the village. Time for a quick coffee and a bacon sandwich. And then it started. The next couple of hours seemed like chaos as 25 traditional market stalls and 35 other pitches were set up. Cars and vans everywhere.

At 11am all was ready and then our visitors turned up. The rain had stopped and people were busy buying Christmas Gifts, playing games and watching the entertainment. There was music by Aveley’s own Music4Change, Shola from Gates of Praise Church and Chafford Voices headed by JB Rose (who doubles as our voice coach) with dancers from The Drumenagh School of Irish Dancing.

The High Street was packed and it took 20 minutes to get from the first stall at the Mill Road end to the last stall at Ship Lane. And that was without stopping at any stalls!!

Local Charities were well represented with display stands from the Nicky Mason Trust, Guide Dogs, Family Mosaic and Aveley Guides plus others.

3 o’clock came so quickly and slowly people made their way home. A very busy and very happy day.

The Forum would like to thank everyone who turned up to visit, helped out by helping set up and clear away (especially the last few Forum members to go home who litter picked the High Street) and of course, Tim Aker and Tommy South who helped us light up the Village. See you all next year!


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