Guernsey Press

Festive sights, sounds and smells are enjoyed

CHRISTMAS lights, the smell of roasting chestnuts, and the sound of a band playing Christmas songs filled Peter and Frankie Bachmann’s garden for Specsavers’ annual Winter Wonderland.

Among the families at this week’s Winter Wonderland were, left to right, Eddie Kergalvis, 2, Jess Kergalvis, Rudi Kergalvis, 3, Milly Kergalvis, 3, and Marie Benford. (Pictures by Luke Le Prevost, 32782433)

Hundreds of families attended the event on Wednesday evening.

‘It’s so lovely, it’s surprising how much there is here,’ said Louise Solway who was at the event with her husband Phil and children Jessica, 8, and Wilfred, 3.

‘We usually go to London, but it’s nice to stay local.’

Bella, 4, and Phoebe, 6, Pauw. (32782435)

Jessica also enjoyed the Winter Wonderland. ‘I like the lights and the train,’ she said.

A gingerbread-style Wendy house, a train, and a new sleigh built by CA Duquemin were popular among children at the event.

‘I like the gingerbread house and the different lights at the beginning,’ said Edie Flower, 8.

In another part of the gardens there were donkeys.

‘I loved the donkeys and the sleigh and we found all the doors using lights,’ said Seth Neshamba, 8.


‘My favourite was the snowflake door.’

The event raised money for Autism Guernsey and the Lions Club of Guernsey.

‘We are very grateful to have been selected as one of the charities for this year’s event,’ said Autism Guernsey chairman Andrew Warren.

The sleigh built by CA Duquemin. (32782447)

‘Events are like this are vital for us so we can keep providing our services.

‘The money will go towards both our children’s and adults’ services, but more towards our adult services, as children’s services are also supported by Children in Need.’

The charities worked together in helping to organise the event which Specsavers sponsored.

Specsavers volunteers, left to right, Paul Ainsworth, Tom Bradshaw, Nicola Gibbons, Faye Peers and Amy O'Brien. (32782477)

‘We are grateful for the sponsorship from Specsavers,’ said Paul Allaway, youth chairman of the Lions Club of Guernsey.

‘The money will help go towards parishes’ Christmas events and meals on wheels over Christmas.’