23 JUNE 2018


Video recording and edition: Robin Arnold


Who was the main person(s) who championed this project?
Catherine McKee, Amelia Knight-Baré, Sarah Mackintosh

How many others helped?
This year there were approximately 10 helpers, with roles ranging from serving food, growing pumpkins, lighting grottos, security, scone bakers and star biscuit makers. There were a mix of both adults and children making the grottos, and Kowhai class at Heathcote Primary School were also involved by making a class grotto.

Describe the project
This year, 2018, was the fourth Lantern Trail. The first three years it was held at the reserve down Cooks Lane and this year it was held at the Heathcote Primary School. The focus of the evening is to fundraise for the ongoing maintenance of the Heathcote Village Community Garden.  The Lantern Trail itself is a candle-lit trail with candle and fairy-light lit grottos placed along the trail to explore.  Common characters included in the grottos are fairies, elves, gnomes, frogs, squirrels, teddy bears, rabbits and much more. There is usually a theme to the grottos – this year it was Winter Wonderland. Food is served, and this year’s soups were made from the Community Gardens produce. Each year there is extra entertainment on offer, usually storytelling, and this year there was a LED hula hooper, fire poi and a live jazz band. The focus of the night is to create magic and wonder, along with community connection and fun.

When did it happen?
It is held yearly on a June weekend when a full moon occurs.

How much did it cost?
Approximately $300

Where did the money come from?
Organising team covers the cost and is then reimbursed with money raised.

How long did it take to organise?
Slowly, over 3 months.

Local groups/societies/businesses supporting this project?
Heathcote Valley School provided this year’s location. The Heathcote Valley Community Association granted funding  for an outdoor gas heater, which is now a community resource.

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