Carols on the Village Green

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The Channel community were able to celebrate the first event at the Woodbridge Village Green on Wednesday, December 18 with Carols by Twilight.

“This is a milestone in the life of this exciting community asset,” event organiser Ann Dechaineux remarked.

As the gathering settled into the small, stone-lined amphitheatre in anticipation of sharing Christmas spirit and song together, Ms Dechaineux served a complimentary Christmas punch to those present.

Project manager for the Woodbridge Community Association Peter Leschen opened the first event, thanking the businesses and individuals involved and celebrating the completion of the first stages of the project which has taken roughly six years.

The pathways, landscaping, memorial stone and picnic platform made from a section of the old Woodbridge Jetty are now complete.

Further progress over the coming months is expected to see the completion of the historical interpretation panels, the addition of information to the memorial stone, the Lych gate and the planting of some flowing trees and a variety of plants to bring more colour and life to the Village Green.

Mr Leschen also conveyed his sincere gratitude to the community in thanks for their ongoing support of the project as it has developed over the last six years.

“Without you, this would not have been possible,” Mr Leschen expressed simply.

Mark Harrison of the South Channel Garden Club also spoke at the inaugural event and presented the Woodbridge Community Association with a generous donation of $4000 to contribute to the purchase of plants and trees for the project.

The South Channel Garden Club will also be assisting the project further with working bees as the project continues to progress through the final stages.

The musical component of the evening was led by the West Winds Uplift Choir, conducted by Audrey Lonergan Rowe.

The choir performed two rehearsed pieces and then the community joined them in raising their voices, singing a selection of five Christmas carols before the event concluded.

Mr Leschen and Ms Dechaineux thanked the community again for their support and for coming along to celebrate the Carols by Twilight event.

Pictured above: The West Winds Uplift Choir led the community in song at the inaugural Carols by Twilight in an exciting milestone for the Woodbridge Village Green project.

Pictured above: Ann Dechaineux organised the Carols by Twilight for the community, serving delicious Christmas punch for both adults and children prior to the musical portion of the evening.

Pictured above: WCA Project Organiser Peter Leschen accepts the generous donation from Mark Harrison of the South Channel Garden Club. 

Pictured above: The picnic platform made from the old Woodbridge Jetty and the Memorial made from convict stone have both been installed as part of the first stage.

Pictured above: Members of the Channel community enjoyed celebrating the first Carols by Twilight.