Registered Charity No. 1168821
Dedicated to raising funds for good causes in the Wokingham area.
6.00pm TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION
Wokingham Fireworks Charitable Trust
t: 07969 410532
6.00pm FUNFAIR OPENS
7.30pm FIREWORKS DISPLAY
SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2018
For the 28th successive year, on November the 5th the crowds gathered in the Market Place, St Sebastian’s Band led the torchlight procession off towards Cantley Fields. Once there, the public were entertained by a fabulous display of pyrotechnics. The bonfire, the funfair, and for some, even the smell of hot dogs and burgers, all added to a great atmosphere.
Millie Allen, aged just 9, won the inaugural drawing competition and her prize was to light the bonfire and countdown to the opening salvo of fireworks.
The display this year was the first time computer software was used to ignite the fireworks and this was synchronised with themed music, broadcast over a PA system fit for a rock concert. A truly 21st century production which the many thousands of people in the field thoroughly enjoyed.
Our thanks go to the sponsors who include Richard Worth Estate Agents, The Wokingham Society, More Arts and Bovis Homes, the cooperation and support of both the Town and Borough Councils and of course the many volunteers from the 5 service clubs, all of whom are to be congratulated in helping to raise a record £36,000 which was donated to a number of local charities.
Great fun was had by all at Fireworks 2015. From the charities point of view it was a record year, with over £30,000 being donated to local good causes. The majority of this was distributed to the main beneficiaries at a Presentation Evening held in Wokingham Town Hall on Tuesday 6 December.
Fireworks 2014 was scheduled for Saturday 8 November. However, the weather leading up to the day was not good, with frequent heavy showers. The forecast for Saturday was even worse, with a dramatic improvement for Sunday. Thursday was a therefore a day for frantic phone calls to all the suppliers, authorities and helpers. We were very pleased to find that everyone could manage a change of date. We therefore got the wheels in motion on Thursday evening to re-
All local radio stations helped us by publicising the change of date. Numerous organisations that were already publicising the event updated their websites. Social media came to the fore, with the message rapidly spread via Facebook, Twitter and other sites. We updated all the advertising banners and distributed new street signs notifying everyone of the change.
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We didn’t quite meet our target of raising £25,000, but achieved a highly respectable total of about £23,000. The majority of this was distributed to the main beneficiaries at a Presentation Evening held in Wokingham Town Hall on Thursday 4 December.
Wokingham boasts a number of community activities and the Fireworks Event ranks highly among these. This year’s event was the 29th such occasion.
On the evening of Saturday 4th November, instead of the crowds gathering in the Market Place, due to the Town Regeneration Project the starting point was relocated to the Borough Council offices at Shute End. From there St Sebastian’s Band, together with the Mayors of both the Town and Borough, led the torchlight procession off towards Cantley Fields.
Tom Graham, aged just 7, won the drawing competition which WFCT have promoted through local primary schools. Tom had recently learned about the history of the Gun Powder Plot at school which influenced his drawing. His prize was complimentary tickets to the event for him and his family, join the Mayors at the head of the procession and lead the countdown to the opening salvo of fireworks.
The pyrotechnics were choreographed by the MC Production Group, headed by Chris Elcocks. Using computer software the display was synchronised with themed music. A truly 21st century production which the many thousands of people in the field thoroughly enjoyed. The finale, which involved launching an 8 kilo firework, 1000 feet into the night sky, was absolutely spectacular and was accompanied by Frank Sinatra belting out New York, New York!!!
This evening is the culmination of many months of planning and hard work in bringing to the town a truly wonderful show whilst at the same time raising many thousands of pounds for charity.
A big thank you goes to our sponsors, advertisers and all those who volunteered to help organise and run the event.
The amount raised after all expenses were met, was a fabulous £28,000 and this was donated to the various charitable organisations at the Town Hall on 12th December.
The five main beneficiaries each received £4000 and the service clubs £1500 each. Additionally, the two Mayors also received donations to their nominated charities and the Scouts enjoyed some of the proceeds for helping to clear the display site.
Finally, this event could not take place without the cooperation and support of both the Town and Borough Councils.
David Gold, Chairman