NEWS (at November 14th):
The Stony Stratford Lantern Project
is an exciting community arts project which sees people of all ages joining together at York House Centre to make lanterns ready for the Lantern Procession which takes place every year as part of the Stony Stratford Switch-On Fun Day.
Anyone can make a lantern (although young children will need help). Our lanterns are made from willow withies and masking tape which is then covered with colourful tissue paper and PVA glue and lit from within by a candle.
The 2017 theme
will be ‘Santa’s Workshop’ – we’re thinking toys, elves, reindeer, presents, or even Father Christmas on his sleigh…
The 2017 Switch-On Fun Day and Lantern Procession are on Saturday 02 December.
Lantern Making Sessions are held over 2 weekends at York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford, MK11 1JQ:-
Sat 18 & Sun 19 November 10.00am til 4.00pm
Sat 25 & Sun 26 November 10.00am til 4.00pm
Pre-Booking Your Lantern/s
We strongly advise that you pre-book your lantern/s as the project sells out every year.
Pre-bookings open on Monday 02 October 2017. Pre-booking your lantern/s doesn’t guarantee you a time slot at any particular workshop, but it does ensure that you will be able to take part.
Cash or Cheque Bookings – £5.00 per lantern (not per person)
Please click on the link below to print out the form, fill in your details and return it to the York House Centre Office with your payment of £5.00 per – cheques payable to ‘York House Centre’.
If you prefer to book your lantern/s on-line we are using an on-line ticketing website, please follow this link:-
On-line bookings are subject to a 10% booking fee – total cost will be £5.50 per lantern.
IMPORTANT – when you receive your on-line confirmation E-Mail with your booking reference please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and a contact phone number so that we can prepare your lantern ticket/s.
Price includes all materials, attendance at the Lantern Making Sessions and entrance into the Procession.
We have to limit the project to 280 lanterns – we can’t fit any more into the building – so make sure you pre-book to avoid disappointment.
All lanterns are checked thoroughly by our Volunteers to ensure they are safe to join in with the Procession which is well supervised by experienced Stewards.
A cafe runs all day at the York House sessions for hot and cold drinks, snacks and light lunches.
Plenty of Lantern Volunteers will be on-hand to help you make your lantern.
You don’t have to join in with the theme, you can make anything you want – the design is limited only by your imagination!
On Switch-On Day we meet at York House to collect our lanterns. As darkness falls the lanterns are lit and the procession makes its way through the crowd-lined streets of Stony Stratford to the Market Square in time for the switching-on of the Christmas lights…magical!
Join our Facebook Group – Stony Stratford Lantern Project at https://www.facebook.com/groups/161331770478/
and for more pictures and videos visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/161331770478/ and, for a link to Derek Gibbons’s video: https://www.facebook.com/derek.gibbons99/videos/10209356699853043/?__mref=message_bubble
Photos (mostly) by Bob McDonald – thanks, Bob.
The Stony Stratford Lantern Project is an exciting community arts project which sees people of all ages joining together at York House Centre to make lanterns ready for the Lantern Procession which takes place every year as part of the Stony Stratford Switch-On Fun Day. IN 2017 THIS WILL BE DECEMBER 2ND.