A Rodley community group which runs the annual Christmas Lights switch has been boosted by the installation of a new village Christmas tree next to the canal.
The Canal & River Trust, which looks after the 200-year old Leeds-Liverpool Canal which flows alongside Rodley, is supporting community group Light Up Rodley with their annual Christmas lights switch-on event with a five-year agreement to allow a Christmas tree to be placed next to the canal.
Yorkshire Gardening Solutions has donated and installed the tree.
Switch on date and time
The Christmas Light Switch On event takes place on Friday, 1 December, from 7pm at both The Owl and The Barge in Rodley.
There will be refreshments and performances from Calverley Players and singer Jessica May Frost, to celebrate the festive light switch on.
Funds raised on the night be reinvested into the community for future events.
Volunteers and staff from the Canal & River Trust will be hosting a roadshow on the night, sharing tips and information about how to enjoy the waterway. .
Melanie Enaje, from Light Up Rodley, said:
“Our group formed last Christmas to help organise a year-round programme of events for the benefit of the local community.
“It’s a great reassurance to have the support of the Canal & River Trust for this event. The canal is a great resource for the community and we’re talking to the charity about ways we can work together including adopting a stretch of it. Our thanks to the Trust and Yorkshire Gardening Solutions, who kindly donated and installed the tree.”
Martin Teague, works inspector for infrastructure services at the Canal & River Trust, is overseeing the installation of the Christmas tree. He said:
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Melanie to help realise this project that will benefit the local community and bring the festive spirit to Rodley.”