Christmas In The Villages - Lights In The Darkness
w/e 23 December 2007
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
We've seen previously pictures of Christmas decorations
in local cities and towns but the villages nearby also have what
I would call "community" displays as well as those
by individual householders.
Our tour of the villages will concentrate mainly on those on
the western side of Ilkeston starting here at the crossroads
Village. This is the view from Lodge Road towards Mapperley Lane.
Hallam Village the old schoolroom on the left opposite the
Punch Bowl pub (right) is the location for the village's Christmas
tree and many of the properties along The Village are tastefully
decorated too. The large tree in the distance is a permanent
one at the junction of School Square but it too has been lit
Another temporary but brightly decorated tree with many coloured
lights has been placed on the large green area between Station
Road (left) and Hurst Drive (right) in Stanley Village.
Our next port of call is Dale
Abbey where the tree at the centre of this picture that stands
on the triangular green where The Village meets Tattle Hill has
also benefited from the addition of coloured lights.
Another triangular green, this time at the junction of Main Street
and Stanhope Street in Stanton
By Dale has a tree covered in white lights. There are several
more similarly covered trees in the village as well as additional
decorations on the individual properties.
All the above villages are in Derbyshire but for our final image
we move into Nottinghamshire. Although in a different county,
is the nearest village to Ilkeston as it butts up to the county
boundary. In previous years I remember several of the trees on
the main road between Ilkeston and Nottingham being covered by
tiny specks of light as though a net had been thrown over them.
None of these are to be seen this year but the Village Hall on
Stapleford Road has been brightly decorated and the trees on
the frontage are festooned with lights.
So whether we are in the cities, towns or villages, Christmas
lights are to be seen everywhere reminding us once again that
"Jesus said to them, I am the light of the world; he who
comes with me will not be walking in the dark but will have the
light of life." John 8:12