Thanks to funding from the City of Culture 2025 bid, Groundwork North Wales (GWNW) and the Three Counties Connected Community Rail Partnership will host a Lantern Parade on March 1st, 2023, in Wrexham City centre.
St David’s Day
The parade, celebrating Welsh culture and heritage, will be held on St David’s day evening. It will promote sustainability by using recyclable materials for the lanterns in the parade. Community lantern workshops will be available in the run-up to the parade and primary school workshops (lanterns will use LED tea lights and string lights. No naked flames will be used). If you are unable to attend a workshop, you can download details on how to make a lantern at home from groundworknorthwales.org.uk.
Hanna Clarke is Head of Marketing and Events at GWNW. She said, “It is fantastic to be able to bring a new event to Wexham’s City centre, not only celebrating Welsh culture and heritage but promoting a message of sustainability for future generations. We hope that with the support of the local community and businesses, we can make this an annual event”. The Cambria Band will be in attendance and leading the parade, along with a performance from Wrexham’s Choir for Good.
If any other local community choirs, dance, and performance groups would like to perform alongside the parade, please get in touch. For more details on how to get involved, please contact 01978 757 524 or info@ groundworknorthwales.org.uk. The parade will take place on Wednesday, March 1st. It will begin at Queens Square. Heading out along Queens Street, turning right up Regent Street, turning right under the Argyle Street Arch, and back to Queens Square.
Groundwork North Wales
GWNW works alongside local communities, public bodies, private companies and also other voluntary sector organisations to support communities in need. They support people facing multiple challenges. These challenges include living in isolation, suffering from significant health issues or having limited employment prospects.
Moreover, GWNW also protect those that are vulnerable to the economic and environmental uncertainty of society today. They do this by creating better places and improving people’s opportunities. Groundwork also promotes greener choices through their diverse range of projects and services. They continue to grow their training offer working with the Wrexham and Flintshire Adult Community Learning (ACL) Partnership.
ACL is a joint venture between Wrexham County Borough Council and Flintshire County Council providing adult learning opportunities and outcomes in our communities for adults aged over 19. Recently they have launched a Book Club at Caffi Cyfle, Alyn Waters as well as IT classes. The need to engage people with their natural surroundings and their environmental impact is more vital than ever. This is especially true with the government having recently declared a “nature emergency”.
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