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Lights Up Contest  There are three catergories to enter: Residential Competitive, Residential Non-Competitive and Business. There are prizes up for grabs. Judging will take place between the 16th and 17th December with the peoples choice award announced in January 2008. Entries close on the 7th December and must be dropped off at the Stratford District Council or posted to PO Box 320, Stratford. Lights are turned on 15/12/07 and turned off 02/01/08.

Stratford Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal  Stratford People Giving at Christmas Time. The people of the Stratford District are well known for their generosity when it comes to helping those in need. It is a District where people stop and help their neighbours in difficult times and reach out to strangers when they need it. Every year the Christmas gift appeal sees a huge pile of toys and gifts distributed to less fortunate children and elderly during the Stratford Mayor’s Christmas gift appeal. A long tradition in Stratford, the Christmas tree gift appeal sees people taking their good, pre-loved and new toys and gifts to the District Council Offices to place them under the tree. Just prior to Christmas, local community service agencies gather with the Mayor and distribute the gifts to children and aged in the Stratford district. The gifts can be placed in the District Council office foyer, Miranda Street, between 8.30am and 4.30pm up until Tuesday December 18. Any enquiries should be directed to Pauline James at the Council. Pauline said, “home made pickles, chutneys, Christmas cakes and puddings are always popular with older people.” Mayor John Edwards said, “I look forward to continuing this worthy tradition and encourage people to be generous again in 2007. We are a caring community and it is good to see people giving so much at this busy and often stressful time of year.” “For various reasons, a number of our local children and older people are not lucky enough to receive gifts at Christmas time,” Mr Edwards said. “This is just one way to bring happiness to those less fortunate than many of us and show the true spirit of Christmas.”

Stratford Press Young Achievers  The Stratford Press would like to recognise the efforts of our local youth and are calling for nominations for the award. Nominations are open to all young achievers up to the age of 24 years old. Nominations can be made by anyone and can be for a wide range of excellence. Nominations must be in writing and addressed to the editor of the Stratford Press.