On an evening in December Chailey Heritage was lit up with hundreds of fairy jars, metre upon metre of twinkling lights and beautiful willow lanterns the young people had made. Watch the video and see what a visual feast it was for the young people who live with us to enjoy. Chailey Lights was in place of events like Christmas At Kew which we’ve been unable to attend this year. The Activity Coordinators wanted to capture something of these events, albeit on a much smaller scale, so that the young people still had a festive light experience.
Young people from Futures prepared for Chailey Lights by making willow lanterns with Laura at their LSC art sessions, each lantern was specific to the individual. For example some made noise and were flatter, allowing the young person to hold and shake it as they followed the trail, other lanterns were based on their favourite Disney characters. There was also a small black lantern kit for each young person to create so that everyone could be involved, whether they attend the LSC or not.
In preperation for Chailey Lights many iof the young people have helped by creating lights, read this article about one bungalow making 100 light jars for flashing lights along the path too, their creativity was amazing. Along the wall leading to the swimming pool were 30 illuminated milk bottle snowmen made by different bungalows all at eye height which seemed to attract a lot of attention.
The big surprise of the evening was around the last corner, just as they thought it was finished- there was Santa! The man himself was perched on a sleigh which we were kindly donated from Christmas4Kids and gave out flashing toys to each young person.