Come along to the Switch On event!
Friday 7th December
Raffle prizes to be won, greetings from Santa and presents for the children.
The Melincryddan Community Conference has organised and sponsored the Melin Christmas Lights since 2005. At that time the NPTCBC organised the Neath lights to Stockham’s Corner roundabout, and Briton Ferry Town Council from the Grandison to the end of Neath Road with darkness in-between.
Thanks to a Communities Trust Fund grant we purchased the first lights and Christmas tree and have supported them ever since mostly thanks to funds raised by the May Day event and topped up by our own charity funds and specific donations from local businesses including our most prolific supporters; Hikary’s and Shillingford’s.
Last year members of the May Day committee and four local businesses purchased new LED lights. MCC paid NPTCBC for the storage, maintenance, installation and removal of the lights. We organised and paid for the lighting up event latterly held at Melin Primary School on School Road.
We now have 25 wrap rounds and 7 led frames which enables us to light up 32 out of 59 lampposts, The situation has changed this year in so much as the Council will no longer be erecting the lights for us so we therefore have to employ a private contractor. the initial quotes that we have received back have indicated that the cost of erecting and taking down the lights will more than double. The receipts from the May Day event and the donation from MCC will not cover the costs plus the associated maintenance. We have carried out an initial estimate which indicates that we will need to raise an additional £4500 to £5000 for this year.
Please help the lights continue
We hope to raise this with help from local businesses and residents who wish to keep lighting up the Melin at Christmas. If you can help us to achieve our objective of raising £4500 you can donate securely via our LocalGiving page below.