Christmas Parade Will Light Up New Romney

On 10 December, the Light Up New Romney volunteers will be holding their annual Christmas Parade.

Light Up New Romney applied to Kent Community Foundation for a grant towards their November lantern making workshops and safety equipment for their annual December Christmas Parade and received a grant of £1,100.

Established in 2017, Light Up New Romney offers free lantern making workshops and organises a festive parade and late-night shopping for the community of New Romney. This year the Light Up New Romney late night shopping event and lantern parade will be held on 10 December when the community will also enjoy a Christmas market.

Caroline Wire, Team Leader, Light Up New Romney, said “Before Light Up New Romney was created in 2017, there had been no festive events or late-night shopping in the town for over a decade and there were many complaints from residents, but no one had taken the initiative to revitalise the town in winter. It was disappointing to see that people left New Romney to do their Christmas shopping elsewhere, affecting both local businesses and community spirit. We decided to do something to revive community spirit and Light up New Romney was born – a community lantern parade organised entirely by a team of volunteers. Thanks to the funding we have received from Kent Community Foundation, we’ve been able to run a series of free lantern-

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “Kent Community Foundation was delighted to support this grassroots organisation with a grant of £1,100 from the Little Cheyne Court Wind Farm Community Fund. Their commitment to improving the festive period for the whole community by offering free lantern workshops and a Christmas parade has made such a positive impact to everyone in New Romney.”

To contact Kent Community Foundation call, 01303 814500 or visit


About Light Up New Romney

Light Up New Romney was established in 2017 to give the local community a festive lantern parade and late-night shopping.

About Kent Community Foundation

Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for twenty years. In this time, it has distributed over £45 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

Responsible for more than eighty philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.