You don’t have to spend much time in Horsham to realise what hot topics the Christmas decorations and, in particular, the absence of a Christmas tree are.
This year, for the first time in many years Horsham Town Centre will have a real Christmas Tree. This is thanks to a group of local businesses, traders and individuals, who realised how popular previous trees were and how sorely missed they were.
The 25 foot tall cut Norway Spruce, is set to be hung with lights and baubles and will look stunning next to the Stocks opposite Swan Walk.
It is hoped the tree will boost footfall for all local businesses and enhance the Christmas feel in town in the run up to the big day, but as we all know Christmas isn’t just about rejoicing and having a good time, it is also about remembering and thinking of others. The organisers would like the tree to be a springboard for a major public charitable donation campaign supporting St Catherine’s Hospice, Chestnut Tree House and Age UK – Horsham District. Every individual making a donation will have their name printed on the panels attached to the picket fence at the base of the tree. The intention is that donators will come to look for their names and take photographs. You can make your donation by visiting the specially set up “Horsham Christmas Tree Appeal” on www.gofundme.com
You can also help spread the word and keep up to date on all things tree related by visiting, liking and sharing the Facebook page @horshamchristmastree
All this would not have been possible without the sponsors The District Post, Lello Business, AToM, Wakefields Jewellers, The Rotary Club of Horsham, Swan Walk, Visit Horsham, Byjove Media, Mansell McTaggart, South East Hearing Care Centres, Henfield Hire, Mancini Legal, Slinfold Golf and Country Club, The Horsham Mortgage Centre, Muffin Break, Mungo’s Bar, Fresh Traditions, Cote Brassiere, Piries Bar, Set4Success, Bill’s and Mia Philips Therapy.
It should be stressed that this project is run on a not for profit basis, the costs are privately underwritten, however a big thank you is due to Garry Mortimer Cook HDC Town Centre Manager, who has kindly lent time and resources to enable the project to happen.