Market Lavington at Night

As Christmas approaches, this could be an opportunity to show a picture of one of the lovely, albeit fairly recent, traditions in Market Lavington – Carols in the Market Place.

This was the event in 2009.

Carols in the Market Place on 14th December 2009. We aim to keep a record of present day life at Market Lavington Museum

Devizes Town Band provided the music and a good crowd enjoyed a sing of familiar and cheerful Christmas carols.

A more recent tradition is the award of ‘Community Spirited Person of the Year at this event. Last year the award went to Di Pearce, largely responsible for the running of the Day Centre in the old school. Another photo shows her receiving her award.

Two Dis share a joke Di Lunn presents Di Pearce with the Community Spirited Person of the Year award on December 14th 2009

Now there’s a poignant picture. A year ago Di Lunn (on the left), giving the award was chair of Market Lavington Parish Council. Sadly, she died this autumn, leaving a big hole in village life.

This years ‘Carols in the Market Place’ is on Monday 13th November and suggestions for winners of the Community Spirited Person award can be posted in the box provided at Market Lavington Post Office. The person with most nominations wins this award.

Mulled wine and other fare is usually made available at very reasonable prices. This was at the 2009 event.

Mulled wine at the 2009 event. Was that Father Christmas about to imbibe?

That was a bit of a digression for ‘Lavington at Night’ actually refers to a new addition to the museum collection – another piece of commemorative china.

Market Lavington at ight mug - recently given to Market Lavington Museum

From memory, we think these mugs were sold at Lavington hardware, probably in the 1980s, but do put us right if you can tell us differently.

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