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Christmas Glow Festival to illuminate Eastern Enfield

Published Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Enfield Council is gearing up for Christmas with the Christmas Glow Festival in North East Enfield featuring skating, the Christmas Glow Parade, a brass band, carollers and the return of the Creative Market next week.


The Christmas Glow Festival, which is funded through the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund, starts on 30 November at 4pm when a skating rink opens in Ponders End Park and really gets going on Sunday 2 December with a Christmas Creative Market, live music and a pop-up cinema before a magnificent lantern parade starting at the Unity Road Co-op sweeps down the Hertford Road and illuminates Christmas trees as it makes its way toward Ponders End Park.

The Festival, which is organised by Enfield Council, residents, businesses, community groups, the Cooperative, Friends of Albany Park, Enfield Business Retailers Association, Enterprise Enfield, Art Start and the Ponders End Community Development Trust, aims to celebrate winter, Christmas, and the heritage of eastern Enfield by remembering local industrialist Joseph Swan.

Swan was one of the inventors of the electric light bulb and went on to found the establishment which eventually became Middlesex University .

The event also aims to raise awareness of and encourage comments on Enfield Council's Outline Planning Application for the Middlesex University site which has been named "The Electric Quarter" in honour of the area's industrial heritage.

If approved the proposed development could provide up to 408 new homes, of which over 150 would be for families. On the High Street the plan aims to provide modern, high quality retail space and would relocate Ponders End Library so it had a High Street frontage.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said: “The Christmas Glow Festival is not just going to be a celebration of Christmas, winter and light, it is also going to bring Enfield Council’s regeneration plans for Ponders End to life by demonstrating the vital connection between present, past and future.

"I'd urge people to come and support this unique event, have a fantastic weekend and find out more about the ambitious plans we've got for Ponders End over the next few years. We're committed to supporting businesses in Enfield and this massive regeneration scheme will transform Ponders End High Street, significantly improve pedestrian and cycle connections and help our businesses and our economy as a whole thrive.”

Schedule of events:

Skating in Ponders End Park - Friday 30 November 4-7pm

Saturday/Sunday 1-2 December 1-7pm

£1 children, £2 adults

Christmas Glow Parade

The Christmas Glow Parade starts at 4pm at the Unity Road Co-op, reaches Enfield Highway at 4.30pm, Eagle House Car Park at 4.50pm and arrives at Ponders End Park around 5pm.

Community Sparks will be in Swan Annex from 11-7pm featuring community stalls, The Electric Quarter Exhibition, a pop up cinema and production by Face Front Theatre Company is running between 11am and 7pm.


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