Despite the cancellation of the popular Seaford Christmas Magic event, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Mayor of Seaford, Cllr Rodney Reed has been busily bringing festive cheer to the town.

Prayers for Seaford at Christmas

On Friday 4th December at the Christmas Tree of Lights at Seaford War Memorial, the Mayor’s Chaplain, Minister Andy Machin led ‘Prayers for Seaford at Christmas’ accompanied by the Mayor, Deputy Mayor Cllr Jean Cash and the Young Mayor Chanel Pritchard.

The Mayor, his Champlain and Deputy Mayor standing in front of the Christmas tree of lights at Seaford war memorial

(photo above: the Mayor, Minister Andy Machin and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Jean Cash)

Best Dressed Window Competition
The prayers at the tree of lights was followed by the judging of the ‘Best Dressed Window’ competition together with President of the Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Clare Davis.

The competition is organised by the Seaford Chamber of Commerce. It was lovely to see so many decorative windows and the competition this year was fierce.

The winners of the best dressed window competition standing outside their shop, Foam and Fabrics being presented their trophy

(photo above: Gerri Ori, the winners Foam and Fabrics and the Mayor)

This year’s winner was Foam and Fabric’s, displaying ‘The Night Before Christmas’. They were delighted to win, and received a trophy with one year’s free membership of the Seaford Chamber of Commerce. The Award was presented on Saturday 5th December by Gerri Ori of the Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor of Seaford.

Joint runners up were newcomers ‘Room Interiors’ and the ‘Barbers Lodge’ located in High Street. They have both won a ½ price annual membership of the Seaford Chamber of Commerce.

Runner up of the best dressed window competition standing outside their shop, Room being presented their prizeRunner up of the best dressed window competition standing outside their shop, The Barbers Lodge being presented their prize

(photo left: Gerri Ori, runner up and the Mayor) (photo right: Gerri Ori, runner up and the Mayor)

Clare Davis, President of the Chamber of Commerce is quoted as saying –
“It was a pleasure to be involved with the judging of the Best Dressed Window Competition again for Seaford. Despite the town having been in lockdown for the past month, it was great to see so many of the shops involved and the competition was strong. A huge congratulations to Foam and Fabrics on another great display and for winning this year”.

The Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition
Back in October the Mayor launched the ‘Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition’ with local primary schools.

Due to restrictions, schools were asked to choose their top three entries to be considered for the overall winner that was to be made into an electronic civic Christmas card. The theme of the competition was ‘The First Christmas Reimagined in Seaford’.

All entries were simply wonderful and it was hard to choose an overall winner, therefore two entries were chosen belonging to Charlotte aged 10, and a student from Cradle Hill School (see entries pictured below). The e-cards will be emailed out to civic dignitaries and others from the Mayor of Seaford on behalf of the Town Council.

Cllr Reed sends this greetings to all –
“Our Christmas Card designs this year are drawn by Seaford children. They portray smiling Nativity characters, Christmas hope in our world facing challenges. I join with our children to send you Christmas Greetings and Happy New Year for 2021.”

All final entries of the Christmas card competition (and more photos of the Best Dress Window Competition) will be added to the Mayor’s Facebook Page in the run up to Christmas – Congratulations and thank you to everyone that took part.

Child's landscape drawing of Seaford head with nativity sceneChild's landscape drawing of three kings on Seaford beach

Christmas Lights
Unfortunately, due to a technical fault to the main power, the Christmas lights in the town did not work at the planned switch-on day (Friday 4th December). However, thanks to the hard work of East Sussex Highways and UK Power Networks, the lights are now working. Thank you all for your patience while the lights were being fixed, the Town Council is pleased to bring festive cheer to the much-loved town centre.

The Mayor and Sants standing in Seaford town centre pushing a button for the Christmas lights to come on

Christmas Carol Concert for Seaford
Finally, the Mayor of Seaford, along with the Mayoress and civic dignitaries, will be attending the Seaford Baptist Church ‘Christmas Carol Concert for Seaford’. Numbers for this event were limited due to Covid-19 restrictions and it is now fully booked, however it will be live streamed here for you to attend from the comfort of your own home - Seaford Baptist Church UK (YouTube).