Stockbridge, a really vibrant community in the heart of the Test Valley, will again be hosting their annual pre-Christmas evening to mark the Advent season with many festivities and entertainment along a twinkling High Street including Suffolk punches pulling Santa on his sleigh, a magical Christingle service in aid of the Children Society at St. Peters for everyone and anyone who wishes to attend.
Straight after the service, approx. 6pm, Piers Morgan from ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Alex Lewis will turn on the Stockbridge Christmas lights in front of St Peters Church.
Piers Morgan is a highly successful news journalist, editor, broadcaster and TV presenter. He was appointed editor of the News of the World at just 28 years old. He then ran the Daily Mirror for nearly a decade.
After his newspaper career came to an abrupt halt, Piers reinvented himself as a broadcaster and presenter on both sides of the Atlantic appearing regularly in both Britain and America’s Got Talent as well as his highly successful series of Life Stories. In 2010 he replaced Larry King on CNN with Piers Morgan Live, which he hosted for 4 years. He currently co-hosts Good Morning Britain on ITV. He writes newspaper columns for The Mail on Sunday and DailyMail.com and has published 8 books.
Alex Lewis was 34 when he thought he had ‘man flu’, but collapsed and was rushed to hospital. He was given just hours to live and a 3% chance of survival. In fact, he had contracted Strep A followed by Septicaemia which led to him having all four limbs amputated and facial reconstruction. 99% of human beings would not have endured this rampant infection. As well as losing his limbs, Lewis also lost his lips and nose.
Instead of spiraling into despair and retreating into a state of self pity, Alex took a truly inspirational approach to what happened to him. The story of his positivity and adjustment to a new life is truly remarkable and was the subject of a recent Channel 4 documentary “The Extraordinary case of Alex Lewis”. Amazingly, Alex still describes the past few years as the best he’s ever had. Alex has subsequently completed a Kayak expedition in Greenland, set up his own interior design company ‘Space Councilor”, entered a hand cycle race from North to South Island in New Zealand and is planning an Ethiopian Expedition.
To support this event many of the shops will be staying open late, the Town Hall will be filled with lots of varied stalls and of course Santa’s Grotto, the famous award-winning Robinson’s bangers will be on sale “under the arch’’, the new Italian Deli Prego will be open serving up a little bit of Italian festive food, Thyme and Tides, Woodfire and all the pubs will be open, joining in the festive spirit. There will be fire eaters and jugglers along the high street throughout the evening.
There is also a quiz based on the 12 days of Christmas, entrance sheets available on our website, in the community news and at the Town Hall by Santa’s Grotto, prizes for all entrants. Test Valley Brass and Farleigh School Choir will be performing live music and carol singing – all to celebrate the inclusive meaning of Christmas. This is an event that pulls many facets of the local community together – The Church, The Primary School, Test Valley School, Stockbridge Cinema, Town Hall, Traders and Residents. There will be plenty of extra free parking available, just follow the signs. Come to Stockbridge and pick up that special Christmas gift and have fabulous fun, early evening out for all the family.
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