5 things you need to know this weekAnother week, another five things you really need to be aware of. This week’s list is subtitled, “Simon Clarke’s Week of Christmas Joy.” You’ll see why in due course…


1. Monday 24th: Wave 105’s Mission Christmas broadcasts begin

It’s already live on the website for those wanting to donate early, but tomorrow, the outside broadcasts begin – the start of Christmas!

Mission Christmas was set up by Wave in partnership with Foresters a few years ago now, and this year they’re hoping to beat last year’s fundraising total. The idea is that we all buy an extra toy for a child who wouldn’t normally receive one. I think this is a cracking idea and a great way to spread the Christmas cheer. More and more people are relying on food banks, and families are really struggling to make ends meet. Wave 105’s Mission Christmas is a fantastic initiative to help as many children as possible have a good Christmas.


2. Wednesday 26th: Hovertravel are previewing their two new crafts

Just in time for Christmas, Hovertravel has two new crafts for journeys to and from the Isle of Wight.

Founded in 1965, Hovertravel is the world’s oldest hovercraft operator, and now the UK’s only passenger hovercraft operator. They have two new craft, which they’ll be showing off for all to see.

On an average day, Hovertravel operates 66 hourneys to and from the Isle of Wight – that’s more than a lot of rural bus services! They carry an average of 15,000 passengers in a week. Not only are they the fastest way to cross the Solent, the hovercrafts also use the least amount of fuel.


3. Thursday 27th: James Blunt at the BIC

Having apologised for You’re Beautiful, admitting it got a bit “annoying,” Blunt is on tour with his new album, Moon Landing. Now, I really like James Blunt. Not so much for his music, but for his Twitter feed – which is surely something to be celebrated. The guy has over 900,000 followers and I can see why. In a recent interview with Heat Magazine, Blunt said, My record label set up the account and asked me to answer people, so I did. Then they phoned me up and asked me to stop. One look at his feed, and you can see why!

Blunt performs at the BIC on Thursday


4. Thursday 27th: Christmas Lights at Lyndhurst

The official lights switch-on in Lyndhurst is at 7pm on Thursday 27th with none other than that there Simon Clarke doing the honours.The shops in the town will be open late for the occasion, and there will be carol singers on the streets too… though Simon has promised not to join in with the singing, thankfully!


5. Friday 28th: Gardens of Light in Bournemouth

I know what you’re thinking: I really want to watch Simon Clarke switch some lights on, but I can’t get to Lyndhurst on Thursday! Fret not; he’s switching on the lights for Gardens of Light in Bournemouth on Friday too! He does get about a bit, doesn’t he.

Michael Grubb’s award winning Light Pods will once again be lighting up the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth. The website calls them “immersive light experiences” using traditional beach hut frames with all sorts of light fittings inside. I can’t wait to see them myself.

The Lower Gardens will also have an ice rink this year, which will be opened at the same time… I’m wondering if Simon will be putting his skates on again?




Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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