THE traditional Christmas Eve torchlight procession through Goring will not take place this year due to the closure of Whitchurch
THE traditional Christmas Eve torchlight procession through Goring will not take place this year due to the closure of Whitchurch toll bridge.
Residents usually gather at the railway bridge at the top of High Street and parade through the town with blazing torches. They then cross the bridge and gather at Streatley Meadows, where they join with their neighbours for a carol service around a bonfire.
High Street has to shut for the procession but this year Oxfordshire County Council says it cannot allow this because the toll bridge is closed for refurbishment and Goring bridge is the nearest alternative crossing.
However, the singing on Streatley Meadows will still take place and torches are available at Westholme Stores in Wallingford Road or at Goring Hardware in Red Cross Road.
The bonfire will be lit at 6pm and carols will be sung from about 6.30pm. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Sue Ryder and other local charities.
Meanwhile, Goring’s annual late-night shopping event will take place next Friday (December 6). Businesses in the village centre will stay open until 8pm and will be hosting competitions and giveaways.
Father Christmas will meet children at the Inspiration gift shop in High Street.Goring Free Church will be offering hot drinks, cakes, a children’s art and craft workshop and a children’s quiz with prizes. There will also be a hog roast, carol singing, live music and market stalls.