Christmas cheer on Dartmoor

Laura White
Laura White

Chagford’s first Dickensian Evening took place last Friday.

The business association decided to change things around a little, with Late Night shopping evening being moved to a Friday, and added a little Victorian feel to the evening.

The Globe Singers were all dressed up and sang on the stage of the Jubilee Hall where there was Christmas Fair. Outside Endecott House, Chagford School choir sang directed by Lisa Rowe.

Meanwhile inside Father Christmas held court and heard what the good little children of Chagford wanted for Christmas.

Andy Martin the butcher provided a hog roast to raise funds for the swimming pool, The Chagford Singers sang carols in the town square and although bollards were put down to stop parking someone parked anyway so the Morris Dancers had to dance round the car. Later there was music in packed pubs.


A light drizzle could not dampen the Okehampton Edwardian Evening which took place last week with all the shops open and the Mayor’s carol service outside St James Church accompanied by Okehampton Excelsior Silver Band.

An elf outpost was set up in the old HSBC bank where children could write and post letters to Father Christmas, there was a live reindeer in Red Lion Yard, along with musicians and a traditional barrel organ.

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