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Congleton's Christmas Light Switch-on and Lantern Parade 2021 was held on Friday 26th November 4pm - 7pm.

The Christmas switch-on was a much smaller event this time with less of our usual razmatazz. But there was still a lot going on and there was plenty of room to move around which had been the aim of downsizing the event. The Charity stalls in the pedestrian area were really busy, quite a few local shops had tables out in front of their premises selling mulled wine and mince pies, and we even had a beautiful unicorn to wow the crowds as well as our entertaining reindeer stilt walkers. The lantern procession was able to parade down the High Street to the stage which was much more fun for those who had taken the time to make a lantern and join in. At 6.30 Blayke, Coooper and Poppy helped Santa turn on the lights. The town centre was beautifully lit throughout and the tree looked especially colourful this year.

Happy New Year from all of us at Congleton Community Projects. 2022 is going to be a busy one with the 750 celebrations – watch this space for up coming events and activities

The Congleton Food and Drink Festival 2020 took plce on Sunday June 14th and went virtual

This year 2020 the Congleton Food & Drink Festival was nothing like it has been for the last 12 years. Our Town Centre streets were not heaving with 25,000 visitors and over 100 food and drink stalls but with a bit of imagination and basic technology the Festival Team brought to you a selection of top quality local producers who are still making, baking, brewing and cooking up treats.

Plus - on the day there were videos including a special cooking demo from our award winning chef Martin Webster and even a magic show with our favourite celebrated magician, Nick Barnes

Check website www.foodanddrinkfestival.net and Facebook @congletonfoodfestival

Congleton COVID-19

Back in March during the first lock down Congleton Community Projects worked with the Town Council and other community groups in the town to create the Congleton COVID-19 Information line 01260 541815. The line is still operating from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday if you need help or support during these difficult times. There is also lots of helpful information on all kinds of support services, shopping and activities on the Town Council website

Food and Drink Festival 2019

Congleton Community projects delivered it’s 11th popular Food and Drink festival on June 9th. For all details please visit our dedicated website: www.foodanddrinkfestival.net and you can follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram

Soul Night

£750 raised for Congleton Community Projects!!!

I would like to thank DJs Past and Present for a fabulous fund raising Soul Night on Friday 4th October in the Town Hall. Many thanks to Andy Farron, Steve Walsh and Chris Booth for volunteering their famous DJ skills for the night. Richard Wharf not only took up his stint as DJ but also organised the whole event so a huge thanks to him for all his time and generous support for Congleton Community Projects.

Thanks too for nearly 200 Northern Soulers who bought tickets and danced throughout the night. We also held a 50/50 raffle where the one winning ticket took half the pot accrued. Lucky Sandra Bainbridge had the winning ticket for the second year running and had also won first prize a few years previously. She won £115 but felt so guilty for winning so many times that she donated it all to charity including £50 of her winnings to Congleton Community Projects. Thanks very much Sandra for your generosity.

For any further information please contact jo@congletoncommunityprojects.org
Christmas Lights Switch on and Grand Lantern Parade in Congleton 2018

Congleton Christmas Festival including the Lights Switch on and Grand Lantern Parade was held on Saturday 24th November from 10.00am - .00pm. Christmas Market in the High St and the pedestrian area with local produce and craft stalls 10.00-6.00pm

Local organisations and Charities market were in the Town Hall 11.00-5.00pm

Santa’s Grotto was in the Town Hall from Midday – 4pm

The usual local Congleton Market was bigger and had extended hours to 6.00pm

The procession left the top of Antrobus Street at 5.00pm and made its way to the town centre led by Northened Pipe Band. Lights Switch-on was 5.30pm

Big Soul Night

A Big Thank you to DJ’s Past and Present

for putting on such a great fund rising Charity Soul night at the Congleton Town Hall on Saturday 20 October 2018. It was yet another special charity based Soul Night held at Congleton Town Hall to raise funds for Congleton Community Projects (CCP). The evening included all the best in Motown, 60’s & 70's Soul and more than a hint of Northern Soul'

The hall was packed with dedicated dancers enjoying the music from Congleton’s favourite Soul DJ’s: Richard Wharfe, Andy Farron, Chris Booth, Steve Welch and Andi Hulme.

We sold just over 200 tickets and after costs made just over £1,000 for Congleton Community Projects.

As usual we hosted the “50/50” raffle where the winning ticket took home half the pot of money raised by ticket sales, We sold 272 tickets so the lucky winner took home £136. All monies raised will go towards Congleton Community Projects, CCP, who devise and deliver innovative local community events & Festivals in Congleton and have done so for the last 25 years. All events need paying for and this Soul & Motown gig is a joyous way to bring in some much needed funding and for everyone to have some fun at the same time.

Thanks to all the DJ’s, and volunteers Sarah, Andrew Linda and Albert who helped on the night.

Congleton Carnival Procession 2016
Took place on Saturday 16th July 2016 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Congleton Town Hall
Celebrated its 150th anniversary in July

Tour of Britain cycle race

Took place between 4th and 11th September 2016. Stage 3 was on Tuesday 6th September, and was between Congleton and Tatton Park.

The town hosted many cycling celebrities. It was a very exciting day.

Find out more about the event by checking the link cheshiretourofbritain.co.uk
The Tour of Britain website is at: www.tourofbritain.co.uk

Arc in the Park
was in Congleton Park on August 21st, supporting the RSPCA event

Alternative – Congleton Contemporary Arts Weekend
28 April – May 1st 2016

Every Step Counts

Your Steps did Count! Congleton Community Projects is part of Team Congleton, which pulled together a community-wide walking campaign in July. Lots of groups - such as schools, sports groups , doctors surgeries and businesses pledged their support and thanks to everyone who took part in the Challenge. Walking is a gentle form of exercise and has been proven to improve mental and physical health and it is hoped that walking habits formed will continue. Team Congleton are also working with others to improve and promote healthier walking routes in and around the town.

WW1 Commemorations

Theatre in the Quarter presents
A play with music. Written by Helen Newall. Original music by Matt Baker.

It’s the evening of 24 December 1914 on the Western Front. Along the miles of trenches, wet and freezing men face each other in stalemate. Then, over the temporary halt in gunfire, voices from both sides of No Man’s Land begin to talk, sing and break the silent night...

At once moving and entertaining, Silent Night tells the incredible story of the Christmas Eve truce of 1914, through the experiences of a group of Cheshire soldiers and the families they left behind. Against a backdrop of archive images, original music and popular songs from the era, Silent Night vividly portrays events surrounding the historic moment when the guns stopped.

‘Heart-warming... innovative theatre at its best’
Chester Chronicle

Presented as part of the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary project.

Christmas Lights Switch-on 2014 Friday 28th November 4.00pm-7.00pm – click here for more information

Team Congleton
– Congleton’s Olympic Anthem - part of the team organising Congleton’s Olympic celebrations. CCP was responsible for organising the creation of an anthem for the town. Music director Matt Baker led a day’s workshop for 13 young people mostly from Eaton Bank school who devised the words and the music for the anthem know as Shout it out Loud www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dLBL3_ZL74 .and see the words on www.congleton-tc.gov.uk/community/team-congleton/a-celebration-song-for-congleton/

The anthem has been played at Olympic style events taking place across Congleton and Team Congleton has also provided a podium and special Congleton Olympic medals for the events.

Congleton Food and Drink Festival 2014

The town centre was transformed once again into a thriving food market with 100 stalls selling a mouth-watering range of top quality local produce and global street food. A handpicked selection of brand new producers joined our regulars, with plenty of firm Congleton favourites making a welcome return for the Festival’s sixth year.

For latest news and pictures of the last Food and Drink Festival please visit www.foodanddrinkfestival.net

Bearmania - a fabulous project to create a bear trail through Congleton similar to the Rhino trail and Cow trail in other cities. We are the smallest town to ever attempt such a project. The idea was hatched by Head teacher, Sandie Isherwood from Marlfields school and members of the Youth Council as a perfect project to bring schools, local community groups (including Congleton Community Projects), and businesses together in a common aim. A lot went on with this event so go to www.mybeartown.co.uk and find out all about it.

The Banner Bonanza
The Banner Bonanza Project was funded by an Awards 4 All Lottery grant and organised by Congleton Community Projects. Local environmental artist Jacki Clark and other local artists held workshops in ten of our local schools, Carter House and Visyon creating the colourful fun banners that now decorate the town.

The theme of the project was healthy eating and healthy living and after a discussion and fun activities around the topics the children devised designs onto plastic carrier bags which were then ironed on to pond netting measuring 12' x 3'. The banners were then decorated with ribbon and plastic knives and forks. Plastic pond netting was used to allow the wind to blow easily though the banners.

Congleton Now
Ever wanted to climb a mountain, deep-sea dive, start oil painting or singing or dancing? Just moved to Congleton and looking for activities for your kids to join in with? On your own and looking for social events to go to and meet people?...and much more

Thats what the Congleton Now event in Congleton Town Hall on Saturday April 2nd from 9.30-2.30 was all about.

It featured Local clubs, charities and voluntary organisations, Town Council, Congleton Partnership and Museum had stalls and exhibition space. Plus there was a programme of workshops and drop-in sessions, family fun activities, exhibitions and Town Hall Tours.