In 1985 a small group of volunteers set about the task of raising funds to provide Christmas Lighting around the town for the benefit of residents and traders. Since then some £120,000 has been raised through collections, raffles and many other events to maintain and expand the scheme. The current replacement value of the display is in excess of £100K

How can you help:


- Draw Tickets are on sale from Committee members and various locations in the town from early November, including our kiosk in the High Street on Saturday mornings and on Switch-on night when the draw takes place. 


- Each year generous local people organise Coffee Mornings, Quizzes, Bring and Buys and other events to raise funds for the lights for which the Committee is extremely grateful. Without all this selfless activity the annual display would become a struggle. 

Chatteris Morning WI have regularly raised £100+ at their Coffee Mornings. Quiz Nights which have added substantially to the funds have been run regularly by both The Honest John (£1000 raised in 2013) and The Cross Keys.

If you would like to organise a Fund Raising Event we can promote it so click here to contact us.


Ian Benney of the Nisa Store hands over £800 in 2010 raised through the shops Making A Difference Locally scheme  and in 2012 he made the magnificent contribution of £1284.23 which paid for the Christmas Trees.



"George lit up the town for his 80th"

When George Squires was asked what he wanted for his 80th Birthday he opted for donations to support the Chatteris Christmas Lights. Family members arranged a party for him at the Working Men’s Club and together with friends and old work colleagues they raised £420.

George is a retired skilled bricklayer who only downed tools when he was 78. He and his partner, Shirley Bingham, have 3 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren between them and all of them enjoy the annual lighting display. George's particular hope, that the money could be used towards a new feature in memory of Shirley’s deceased daughter Angela, was realised in 2012 with a new Angel at the top of New Road.

“Angela, who had Down’s syndrome, used to really love the lights when she visited. We always walked her through the town to see the display so I thought it would be a good idea to use the opportunity to raise funds to support them.” George explained. “I would like to thank everyone who made donations, even people who couldn’t be at the party enclosed money with their cards”

Ladies of the Briar Patch Patchwork Club donated a beautiful quilt to be used to raise funds for the lights. The group is led by Jenny Davies and meets in the Vermuyden Room at Chatteris Library. The quilt is the result of a group project for members taking part to create 2 x 12" squares and then join them all up to produce the final article. The quilt was the main prize in a draw held at the 2011 Chatteris Historic Festival together with other crafts and homemade items.


Wonderful fundraising by Bridget Stevenson opening her garden resulted in a donations over 2 years of over £270

CALENDARS - In 2009, regulars at the Honest John 'Bared All'  to pose for pictures featured in an 18 month Calendar to raise funds for the lights. Local freelance photographer Rob Morris donated his time and photographic skills to the project.  In April 2010 the Honest John handed over a cheque for the fabulous amount of  £1825 from all their fund-raising efforts!!!

Volunteers and Donors are also needed so, to be part of that support, click on the links at the side to see how you can help.