Light comes to Beeston in the November gloom

Russian Dance Group on stage

Russian Dance Group on stage

This year Broxtowe’s annual Season of Lights surpassed itself. Over 600 children and adults took part in this multi-cultural event at the Methodist Church on Chilwell Road.

Chinese Dancers

Chinese Dancers

Performers in the hall included the Teremok Russian Children’s Choir and Dance group, the Chinese Language School’s Dance group, the Round Hill School choir and the U3A Ukulele Orchestra. Stalls ranged from Henna hand-painting, making Diwali lamps and Christingles to Hanukah picture-colouring. New this year was a Travelling Museum from the Caribbean showing what early immigrants brought to the UK in their suitcases.  In the church itself, people were writing Peace Prayers and making a Tree of Peace.

Volunteers served a never-ending stream of people queuing for all kinds of food: stollens, bajias, samosas. Free food is always popular!

For me the highlight was watching the Christmas film ‘The Snowman’ in a packed hall. This was powered by a variety of bicycles provided by Pedal Power. I sat back and watched my two grandsons [among others] cycling madly for 20 minutes while we all enjoyed the film.

We celebrated our diversity in the Season of Lights with dancing, music, arts and crafts, not to mention food. What a wonderful world we live in!

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