Wednesday 15th August 2018

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What’s Happening

Below is a calendar showing all of Ongar's wide range of events, meetings and talks, with something to suit all tastes and ages!
If your local event is not listed, please email [email protected]

Ongar Gets Bejazzled!!

Ongar High Street was properly “bejazzled” last night (2nd Dec), when Gemma Collins, Dino and Gergio from “The Only Way is Essex”  came to switch on the Ongar Town Forum’s Christmas Lights!

Gemma Collins arriving in style in the Ongar Round Table Sleigh! (Photo John Parkes)

Close behind were Dino & Georgio, travelling in style

We were delighted to welcome Fyfield, Moreton & High Ongar, Shelley and Hacton Primary Schools, who all sung beautifully and entertained the crowds with Christmas songs and even some recorders

There was Christmas story telling and hot chocolate in the Library, and in the Budworth Hall there was lots of stalls and a chance to meet Santa in his Grotto. Roy Strutt Photography was on hand to capture the festive moment, and if you wish to order  pictures, they are available here.

Moments before the Grand Switch On, our MC for the night, Dom Atkins from Chelmsford Radio, interviews our Guests. Gemma even sung some Christmas songs before our Guests very kindly mingled with the crowds, signing autographs and having pictures taken!

While our Guests mingled, St Martin’s Church Choir led us in some Christmas songs, with the words printed in the Programme. These programmes include an exclusive interview with Gemma, puzzles and they open out to be a 2012 wall planner, which has all of Ongar’s events already written on – copies are still available from many of the retailers, including the Cock Tavern.

Lots of the small independent shops in the High Street were busy with shoppers, and am sure that many unique and special Christmas gifts were purchased, along with lots of people sampling the great food and drink available from the many retailers. More pictures of the event are available from our Facebook page.

Ongar Town Forum would like to thank all the shops, restaurants, businesses and local people who kindly donated towards the lights. It is only with these donations that we can continue to host this special and very festive event in the Ongar Calendar. In particular we would also like to thank all of those who helped out on the night, only with their help did the event run smoothly and really bring some festive cheer to young and old.

We are in urgent need of more volunteers to help us host this event, if you are able to spare a few hours to help, there is no minimum commitment and wide range of volunteering opportunities, please email us.