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For 2017’s Christmas lights we would like you to be inspired by the seaside. Make your design bold and bright. It can be ANYTHING related to the sea.

Our favourite designs will be made up on giant metal frames and installed on Peel Street. The designs need to be handed in at Marsden Library or dropped off at school during November (the earlier the better).  We love designs from adults as well as children.

Find here a printable form, or simply use a piece of blank paper.

If you would like to get involved making the lights and have some spare hours weekday evenings during November then get in contact Marsden.Community.Association@gmail.com

 

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Monday 18th September – 8pm – Riverhead

AGENDA

  • Autumn grant applications
  • Community storage shed/workshop
  • 2017 Christmas lights theme
  • Noticeboard repairs
  • Quiz night
  • Community Allotment
  • Secretary position
  • Finances

Our Annual General Meeting is to be held this Thursday from 8pm to 9pm in the Mechanics Hall meeting room.  We are looking for new committee members for 2017, especially a new secretary.  The MCA is a very relaxed group focused on improving Marsden for the benefit of all.

Agenda

  • Minutes of the last AGM
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Election of Officers
  • Plans for 2017

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Winter Haiku – taken from http://thoughtcatalog.com/kim-quindlen/2015/01/23-seriously-deep-haikus-that-will-reflect-your-winter-depression/

For this years Christmas lights 9 new light features were made up and 12 existing ones were fixed and reused. the centre piece was a 15ft winter Haiku. The Christmas toilet was back, this time with a circling of bog rolls.

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The children from Marsden Junior School did designs for Christmas stickmen, of these there were 3 winning designs that got made into lights, these were:

  • Sticklady playing a Fiddle by Daisy from MJS
  • Stickman by Will Pearson from year 3 MJS
  • Gingerbread Man (apologies – we have now lost the original design and are not sure which child did this)

Special thanks to the Cuckoo’s Nest, Yorkshire Avalanche Dodgers and Reliance Garage for their large donations.

For 2016’s Christmas lights we would like you draw a scene showing stickmen engaging in a Christmas activity. You can be as imaginative or as crazy as you like. We like both traditional and humorous designs.  

Draw your design on the application found here. The easiest designs for us to copy use simple coloured lines so try and avoid colouring in sections. Our favourite 8 designs will be made up on giant steel frames and erected on Peel Street for the switch-on on Saturday December the 3rd. The designs need to be handed in at Marsden Library by Saturday the 12th of November or can be emailed to us at marsden.community.association@gmail.com.  The competition is open to all ages – children and adults alike.

On Saturday the 1st of October we held a fund-raising quiz in the Marsden Mechanics hall. The event was a sell out with the Mechanics packed and twenty teams involved. The event raised a huge £922  towards this years Christmas lights. The money will be spent on illuminating the trees by the river Colne and on light features to run down Peel Street.

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MCA PA system

This year, for the Christmas Lights switch-on we upgraded our P.A. system from 100 watts to 1700 watts.  This is enough power for a large outdoor event. If you a group in Marsden then you are welcome to borrow the P.A. system for your events.  It consists of a standalone 100 watt active speaker with an internal battery and two wireless microphones. It has a USB slot for playing .MP3s and a line in. It also has two 800 watt auxillary active speakers with cabling to the main unit. The system can be used indoors and outdoors.

If you would like to borrow the whole setup or just the 100 watt unit for your event contact us on marsden.community.association@gmail.com

The P.A. system was purchased with money raised at the Christmas Fair and from a grant from the Cuckoo’s Nest

We also have trestle tables, high viz vests and a gazebo available for borrowing. We will shortly add to this site a full page listing the assets we have available for lending out.

Our Annual General Meeting is to be held this Monday from 8pm to 9pm in the Mechanics Hall meeting room.  We are looking for new committee members for 2015, especially a new secretary.  The MCA is a very relaxed group focussed on improving Marsden for the benefit of all.

Agenda

  • Minutes of the 2014 AGM
  • Treasurers Report
  • Chairmans Report
  • Election of Officers
  • Plans for 2016

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This year’s Christmas lights were a great success, with the vast majority of the lights staying on over the entire Christmas period!  In total 9 new features were built (see images below),  the lights in the weir were completely remade and 3 new sets of fairy lights were put in the tree by the river.  Hundreds of the festoon bulbs were also replaced.

Money for all of this came from grants from the Yorkshire Avalanche Dodgers, the Cuckoos’s Nest,  monies made at last years event, from collection boxes and from local businesses sponsoring the programme.

We even got three articles in the examiner regarding the much talked about toilet design –

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/how-il-loo-minating-marsdens-10571490

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/weve-bottom-it-marsdens-christmas-10587660

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/meet-8-year-old-artist-10607747

Thanks to all the volunteers involved. A full review of the lights will be presented at our next meeting.

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All made from designs submitted at Marsden Library and Marsden Junior school. Here are the winning entries –

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For 2015’s Christmas lights we would like you to draw your favourite character, monster, object or anything from a computer game. It can be an old retro game or a new game or a game you have completely made up. We enjoy receiving entries from all age groups.

your designs need to be handed in at Marsden Library by Saturday 28th of November, this is in order to give us time to make them up.

We are also looking for people to help build the light features using the submitted designs as templates. We will be building them most weekday evenings during November, if you want to come down and help with the builds then please contact us at marsden.community.association@gmail.com.

We are also looking for volunteers to put up the lights, if you want to help, we meet outside the Mechanics at 10am on Saturday for the following 4 weeks. all help is appreciated.

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submit your designs on a piece of A4 paper or find an official form to print off here