Great-grandmother and resident of Inspired Villages Warwick, Sheila Gowlett has been chosen to switch on the Christmas lights in Whitnash. Sheila will appear alongside the Mayor and Father Christmas at the event on Sunday 3rd December. On hearing the news, Sheila exclaimed that she was ‘speechless’ when asked to play a key part in the town’s celebrations and is looking forward to the event — ‘This is a new memory I will take with me for the rest of my life,’ she said.
Sheila decided to move to Inspired Warwick last year, following the passing of her husband. Discovering the luxurious, manageable environment of an apartment, while also looking forward to creating new memories and friends — Sheila took the exciting decision to downsize from her bungalow.
The 2017 Whitnash Christmas Lights Switch-on is being organised by volunteers, families, and friends from Whitnash Town Council. They will take place at the Plough and Harrow Public House with the fun starting at 4pm, including live bands, dance performances, fairground attractions and a selection of stalls.
Sheila’s granddaughter is landlady of the Plough & Harrow, and Sheila has been a visitor to the Christmas lights switch on before. ‘I never thought that one day I would be switching them on,’ she said. ‘I like to do something different.’
Whitnash Councillor Simon Button said: ‘this is a fantastic community event that seems to get better every year. Although it takes an enormous amount of effort to put on this event, it is well worth it. We generally have well over 1200 people visiting us and enjoying the live performances, magician & other attractions and Father Christmas sees over 300 excited little children. We are extremely grateful to Inspired Villages for their valuable sponsorship this year, along with the help from other local individuals and organisations.’