Ellesmere’s community arts group Fizzgigs joined forces with the town’s Age Concern group to launch lantern making for the winter festival parade on November 29th.

Age Concern, which organises a weekly session for up to 20 clients in Ellesmere Town Hall every Thursday, welcomed Fizzgigs volunteers to supervise the festive lantern making session last week.

“We all had a wonderful time – it was something quite different for our clients and helped them feel really involved in the town’s festive preparations,” said Joan Tudor-Watson of Age Concern Ellesmere.

Fizzgigs will be holding two further community lantern workshops for families and children in the town hall on Saturday November 23 from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm and on Thursday November 28th from 5pm to 8pm.

The workshops are free of charge and open to children, parents and anyone else wanting to make lanterns and take part in the Fizzgigs winter festival procession leading Father Christmas into the town on November 29 from 6pm.

“The winter festival parade is a great community event where everyone can take part in kicking off the festive season. Everyone is very welcome to come and join us at the free workshops to make lanterns and take part in the procession,” said Fizzgigs chairman, Claire Cartlidge.

Children of primary school age should be accompanied by an adult. Further details are available on the website at www.fizzgigs.co.uk or by email at lantern@fizzgigs.co.uk

Pictured: At the Fizzgigs lantern making workshop at Age Concern Ellesmere are (left to right) George Nicol, Carmel Cleveley, Pam Bellingham, Kath Meeks, Claire Cartlidge, Sheila McArthur and Jean Humphreys.