Christmas celebrations in Woodley

Woodley Christmas Fayre

Woodley Town Mayor helps Christmas festivities get underway in the town centre

Woodley Town Mayor, Cllr Janet Sartorel, helped to start Woodley Town Centre’s Christmas festivities by turning on the Christmas lights on Saturday 27th November, along with Christmas poster competition winners Coco Mead (8) and Jocelyn So (6).

A long-time Woodley resident herself, Cllr Sartorel told the crowd that the lights switch-on and carol concert always marks the beginning of Christmas for her. 

Woodley Town Mayor, Cllr Janet Sartorel joined poster competition winners, Coco Mead (8) and Jocelyn So (6) in switching the lights on.
Photo: Steve Smyth

Christmas Fayre – 25th Anniversary

The following weekend (Sunday 5th December), Woodley Town Mayor, Cllr Janet Sartorel opened the 25th Woodley Christmas Fayre, which had been cancelled last year due to the Covid restrictions.

Cllr Sartorel was joined by MP for Reading East, Matt Rodda, MP for Maidenhead, Teresa May and Leader of Woodley Council and Wokingham Borough Mayor, Cllr Keith Baker.

Matt Rodda praised Woodley for being a “fantastic, vibrant place” and told the crowd to “enjoy Christmas, spend lots of money and support local businesses”.

Teresa May wished everyone a Merry Christmas and hoped they enjoyed the Fayre.

While, Cllr Keith Baker thanked Woodley Town Centre manager, Brian Fennelly for his hard work to get the event together, particularly praising the street entertainers.

Cllr Sartorel was delighted with the turnout at the Fayre and thanked the crowd for coming and supporting the fantastic community of Woodley on the Fayre’s 25th Anniversary.

Cllr Sartorel wished everyone a wonderful day and hoped that they purchased some special Christmas gifts before declaring the Christmas Fayre officially open.

(L-R) MP Teresa May, MP Matt Rodda (back), Cllr Keith Baker, Brian Fennelly (back), Cllr Janet Sartorel
Photo: Wokingham News

 There were many stalls at the Fayre, including a range of charities and craft stalls. Entertainers included the Starlet Dance School, Pauly Zarb, Anything Goes Theatre, Steppin Out Stars of Tomorrow, the Rock Choir and Woodley’s songstress Charis-Anne. Circus Scene entertainers, Sister Ruth on her motorised piano and R&R Fisher wandered around entertaining the town.

There was also a guest appearance of Santa in his sleigh!

Santa in his sleigh!
Photo: Wokingham News
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