You are the right person for this!
There really is something for everyone in this magical, imaginative, playful, whole community project, so scroll down to whatever catches your eye. Get involved! Spread the word! We want to hear from you!



The Plan So Far…
This year, local arts and wellbeing company Celf Your Health are working in close partnership with Newtown Town Council to produce an exciting, uplifting experience for Newtown Light Switch On 2020 to bring the community together at this difficult time. The main focus will be the connections that are formed through people coming together to entertain one another, volunteer, and make each other feel great. The plan is to have a small socially distanced lantern parade in the town centre made up of Year 6 pupils from various schools, (COVID guidelines allowing), finishing with a dance and samba moment. This will be professionally filmed and live-streamed for everyone across town to watch and take part in, helping create the party atmosphere by banging pots and pans from doorsteps all over town and putting homemade lanterns in windows. This will be followed by…

An Evening of #NewtownTV
There will be a whole evening’s programme of live local talent – streamed from your own home for everyone in town to enjoy. This can be live or pre-recorded. See below to sign up! We want to hear from individuals, groups, and anyone who would like to entertain their neighbours. Love to sing? Dance? Know someone who does? GET INVOLVED!

Shine Your Light
There are so many ways to take part in lighting up Newtown! 



Get Involved In Fantastic Volunteering & Performing Opportunities!
Make friends, learn new skills, have a great time and give back to your community. There is a fantastic variety of volunteering opportunities, from helping to gather memories of Newtown Lights Events Past to fundraising, stewarding, being a creative champion or stage managing. Or perhaps you are a performer or entertainer, or lead a performing group. You can be live-streamed on the night itself from wherever you are, or you can send us a completely original (specially made for this event and unseen before) pre-recorded short to be included in the evening’s programme for #NewtownTV. We really do want to hear from you! Make this project shine and light up Newtown! Scroll down to the bottom of this email for a full list fo volunteering roles, with more detail on the council website. Click here to get involved in performing and volunteering – and please do share far and wide.



Take Part in Newtown’s Song!
We are looking for Newtown groups and organisations to sing a line each or send out a message of hope in this year’s lighting the lights song – This Little Light Of Mine! Just imagine if we had a line from our local fire brigade, another from the youth service, one from the town council, another from the football club… It’ll be pre-recorded and cut together ready to be live-streamed on the night as part of #NewtownTV. Contact us to tell us you are up for making your town smile! We will ensure that your recording is done within current COVID guidelines – and may involve sending a photo, film clip without singing, or a short message – we will give full details to all participants. Please pass this on to anyone you know would love to take part. We want to hear from you! celfyourhealth@gmail.com. 

Make A Lantern! Win a Prize!
Materials will be available at the newly refurbished Monty Club for you to make a lantern for your window. Let’s light up Newtown and shine a light for neighbours, friends and family! The basic design is very simple – look out for the online tutorial, released shortly. However, you can go as complex as you like – and then take part in the lantern-making competition – winners announced on the night! Judges and prizes TBC. If you are a childcare setting, could help facilitate lantern making activities or know people who could, please do get in touch and share this message widely! Or if you’d like to fundraise to get materials out as widely as possible, we’d love to hear from you. Are you a business who’d like to donate a prize? Or if you have an idea about who should be on the judging panel, put forward a nomination! celfyourhealth@gmail.com.

Free DJing workshops for 14-24 yr olds! Starting Now! 
Learn a new skill, make friends, build confidence. Places are booking up fast, so get in there quickly! Take part in a mixed group or an all-female group – this is an incredible opportunity to learn many new skills with inspiring, experienced mentors. Please contact creativestuffnewtown@gmail.com if you are interested – and share widely! Flyer below.

Free online classes in Samba, Dance and Lantern-making! From November
In the run up to the lights event we will be offering free online classes in samba, dance and lantern-making ready for the night of the lights. Anyone of any age, experience or ability can take part. Don’t forget, apart from a very small number of yr 6 pupils you’ll be doing samba and dance from home, with your lantern in your window. So these moves are to share with your neighbours – and us via social media if you’re willing! Classes will be Sundays at 10am on Zoom: 1st Nov lantern-making, 8th Nov samba, 15th Nov movement, 22nd Nov lantern-making. 
ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87200879438?pwd=U011ZVpqVmkwN3VkWis5WnpQeTlTdz09

Create an advert for your business – or become a sponsor!
Are you a local Newtown business-owner? Create your own short advert to be live-streamed on the night of the light switch on. Keep an eye on Facebook and the council website, or contact enquiries@newtown.org.uk for information about how to be included.

Or would you like to donate a prize or sponsor materials for the lantern-making competition? We want to hear from you! celfyourhealth@gmail.com.



Contact Details

Full information on the council website at:
About The Project: https://newtown.org.uk/pages/winter-lights-2020-event
About Us: https://newtown.org.uk/pages/winter-lights-2020
Volunteering & Performing: https://newtown.org.uk/pages/winter-lights-2020-volunteer

DJ Project: creativestuffnewtown@gmail.com

Celf Your Health are a very small team, so we may not be able to get back to you ultra speedily. If you are interested in volunteering or performing please fill in the form at the link above and await contact from us. If you need to get in touch about anything else, or have any queries, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact via celfyourhealth@gmail.com. Thank you! Let’s make this winter magical! And don’t forget to…

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Newtown Lights Volunteer Roles 2020!

Creative Champions will support, lead or encourage others in dance, music and lantern making. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done this before, all that is needed is your enthusiasm! If you think you could motivate others, like to be creative and work as part of a supportive group we want to hear from you. Great opportunity to network, brainstorm, enjoy a laugh and a blast of positivity while you shape this role, gain confidence and help others realise their creative potential.Performers/Entertainers for an evening’s online entertainment on #NewtownTV. Do you like singing, dancing, performing comedy, gymnastics? Write poetry, DJ? Run a choir, band, stage school or other group? If so, let’s get you booked in! Performances will be live streamed from wherever you are. Performance slots limited, allocations will be made to prioritise a varied programme with early contacts placed higher on the list. Programme will include some pre-recordings.

#NewtownTV Programme Coordinator will liaise with acts, putting together the evening’s live-streamed programme. Are you open to all sorts of performances and performers, able to book for all ages? Do you have or would you like some event experience? Are you happy on the phone, replying to emails  and creating a timetable? Do you have time to offer and a high level of commitment? Sounds like this could be for you.

Stewards will help look after the outdoor event – in line with COVID guidelines. You will work in a team within health and safety guidelines in conjunction with Newtown Council and the parade manager. 

Fundraisers to raise money for materials for families on lower budgets to be able to  make a lantern. Want to take part in a sponsored activity? Like to give everyone the opportunity to make their own lantern to light up Newtown this winter? Need motivation and support to get going on something positive? Like to meet new people? Try taking part in fundraising.

Fundraising Coordinator will be someone good at organising, encouraging and supporting others to take part in fundraising. Are you organised and motivated? Like to help volunteers feel proud in giving something back to their community? Good at following protocols and making sure things are done safely? (We can support you for this). This one’s for you. 

Memories Project Promoter and Coordinator will help promote this project and manage any materials that come in. You would be welcome to go into the community to promote this project or undertake interviews dependent on COVID restrictions, or encourage for instance care staff or schools to promote/take part in this project. We will support you to get started, and then you can develop your own ideas. You will work closely with staff at Newtown Library where people will take their photos/memorabilia to, and will have the chance to create a display or small exhibition there, which will be live streamed on the night of the light switch on. Great for anyone who likes to see all ages of the community involved, or would like to develop skills in organisation, coordinating, exhibiting. This is what you make it!

Parade Walkers dependent on COVID guidelines, this may be supporting/walking alongside the parade of young people within a carefully socially distanced parade which would be live streamed across Newtown. The focus will be the lanterns to create a big visual effect with low numbers of people so don’t worry if you are camera shy! Good company and a lot of fun, you will be among the few on the town’s central streets – (COVID guidelines allowing.)

Promotion and Marketing if you are self-motivated and have any experience, we would love your help getting word out across the community. Or perhaps you have creative and interesting ideas on how we could promote this event. We’d love to hear from you. Graphic design, writing/editing ability, social media presence, all welcome.

Flyering Love walking? Like to chat to people? This is a really feelgood, outside activity, delivering leaflets through doors and in cafes, shops and bars all over Newtown, reaching out to those who aren’t online and helping the town get excited about the light switch on event and party feeling. Like to deliver in fancy dress? You’re welcome to. DELETE! USE NEWTOWN NETWORK.

Production/Stage Support will be on the street on the night making sure everyone has what they need and are in the right place. This is a challenging, intense role and we will be looking for people with a very specific skillset. If you are interested in developing in this area, think you may have the right skills or already have experience in this role, we’d love to hear from you.

Production/Stage Manager will be heading up the production support team, making sure the event runs smoothly and everyone is where they need to be at the right time. As with the support role, this is a highly responsible job. We will be looking for someone who already has experience within this area, preferably of this role, potentially with the ability to mentor someone else who could share the load.

Father Xmas will bring lots of joy to children all over Newtown, and may travel with the mobile DJ booth – this is to be confirmed. If you have a long white beard and moustache, this could be the perfect role for you! Er… only joking. Facial hair supplied. All we need is your ho ho ho and happiness.

VOLUNTEER HERE!

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