This little light of mine

Caitlin Woodhouse (9), Imogen Woods (7) and Alice Rogers (9) with the lanterns they made at the Acorn Steiner group lantern workshop.
Caitlin Woodhouse (9), Imogen Woods (7) and Alice Rogers (9) with the lanterns they made at the Acorn Steiner group lantern workshop.

More than 20 willow and paper lanterns were made at a highly successful workshop at Whalley Village Hall with local artists Rosie Fenwick and Janet Livesey.

The workshop was run by the Acorn Steiner Initiative charity as part of its yearly Lantern Festival celebrations.

Kerris Casey-St Pierre, whose son and daughter attend the Acorn Steiner Parent and Child group, said: “It was great to see so many children and adults having the chance to get hands-on and make their own lantern.

“Making lanterns this way is lots of fun and mess, but also produces beautiful lanterns. The lanterns will look really magical when they are lit on the lantern walk at the Festival at Whalley Abbey. My children are really excited about it.”

The Lantern Festival is a yearly event, set in the atmospheric grounds of Whalley Abbey, and is a magical way for children to experience the celebration of light at this dark time of year. It is part of a yearly calendar of seasonal festivals that are celebrated by the Parent and Child group, which helps children to appreciate nature and the seasonal changes that we experience.

The festival will be held on Saturday November 12th from 4 to 6 p.m. with the lantern parade starting at 4-30 p.m. It costs £3 per person or £10 per family to take part.

This year there is also a food stall and a craft stall, a bonfire and the chance to hear female a capella group the “Enchantresses” singing. There will also be huge lanterns installed in the Abbey grounds and a series of mini grottos for the children to find.

The event is open to all and tickets are now on sale (see below). Last year’s event was a sellout so it’s a good idea to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

If you didn’t make a lantern at the workshop, then don’t worry, just bring one of your own, or a torch. The group recommend you wear suitable clothing for an outdoor event in November as it can be cold and wet, and that sensible footwear is worn as the floor is uneven in places in the Abbey grounds.

For more details of the Lantern Festival or to buy tickets, contact Leone Wilson on 01200 427988 or Rosie on 07967 250932 or e-mail: rosiefenwick@rocketmail.com

For more information about the Acorn Steiner group, which runs Parent and Child sessions at Withgill (near Clitheroe) and in Accrington, visit www.acornsteiner.co.uk