Belsize Village Lights and Flowers
Many people think the winter lights and spring/summer flowers appear as if by magic and are free, but nothing is farther from the truth. The Belsize Village Association pays in full for the lights and installation every year.
There is no official funding at all, Camden Lighting Department helps us with power and permissions but we get no official cash. So we ask ALL locals, businesses, offices, schools and visitors, to dip into their pockets. The funds collected also pay for the year-round flower baskets in the Village.
The Belsize Village winter lights
These lights do not appear by seasonal magic nor are they funded in any way by Camden. Angela King of Heywoods is the organiser and Heywoods honours payment for the lights (and flowers) to secure the order and then the funds are raised from our local business traders, residents and neighbours.
There are other major sponsors, the Village Vet, XUL Architecture and Roni's Bakery, and each one very generously supplies the fund with extra large donations. A huge vote of thanks to Brendan, Seba and Alon for continuing their support this project without which Angela would really struggle to get this project off the ground every year.
Serious donations have also been received from the Crescent Fruiterers, Artigiano, the Village Pharmacy and St Christopher's School, as well as help from other traders and many of our neighbours, friends and residents all around the village.
its amazing how many folk simply do not know that the lights are organised and paid for privately! so we need to keep spreading the word. Angela is very passionate about keeping our special village atmosphere and always receives positive feedback and comments from everyone.
To know that they are so well received and loved really makes all the effort worthwhile. As always, cheques (payable to Heywoods) or cash can be dropped into Heywoods Office 27 Belsize Lane. You can donate online as well – donation link at bottom of page. Do please contribute. Read more >
You can help towards the costs with a personal or business contribution:
Please MAKE A DONATION – Drop Cash or Cheques in to
Heywoods Estate Agents 27 Belsize Lane NW3 5AS
(Cheques payable to Heywoods Estate Agents attn Angela King)
Or donate via credit card through PayPal
MANY THANKS TO
Heywoods Estate Agents – Organiser, Major Sponsor
Roni's Bagel Cafe and Bakery – Major Sponsor
The Village Vet – Major Sponsor
XUL Architecture – Major Sponsor
HISTORY OF THE LIGHTS
Angela King of Heywoods and Robert Follis arranged for new lights in 2008 on the three large trees in Belsize Terrace and on the main tree opposite the Late Store to be lit using an existing set. The lighting was a great success and a benefit for all residents, traders and visitors to the village, brightening up the gloom of the winter.
Then in 2009 we repeated and extended the lighting to look even better. The main tree had a full set of top lights and with the help of the Camden Area Forums, we added the two heritage lamposts.
In 2010 we improved the lighting on the two heritage lamps and in 2011 we added a fifth tree, the silver birch at the corner.
In 2012 we added high-efficiency uplighters in the Village trees and uplighters in the two tall trees opposite XO and Heywoods. We have also improved the lights on the two heritage lamps in Belsize Terrace.
In 2013, we removed the uplighters and added LED Flying Balls and LED pea lights to the two tall trees opposite XO & Heywoods.
In 2014 we extended the lights further down Belsize Lane.
The Belsize Village association pays in full for the lights and needs to raise at least £5,000 from local traders and residents. We own the lights, but cannot install them permanently due to tree growth issues and liability problems. The cost of installation by professional contractor BPA, includes £10 million of public liability insurance.
Most village traders contribute to these costs, as do some of the offices and many, many local individuals. 100% of the contributions are committed to the Village and any cash left over from the lights are used to fund the Village Flowers. Anything you are able to donate is much appreciated!
All the lights are energy-efficient LED lighting and keeps costs down. We own the lights, but cannot install them permanently due to tree growth issues and liability problems. The cost of installation by pro-contactor BPA includes £10 million of public liability insurance.
Our thanks to Brendan Pollard of BPA Lighting for all his help.