Sophie Bear
Christmas Lights  


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Sophie visits some Christmas Lights

Sophie Bear has been getting very excited about Christmas. She read in the paper about a street in Rayleigh, Essex that lights up all their houses at Christmas.

She was very excited and asked Miss Wellsbury if they could go.

They set out but suddenly the road turned into a dirt track with lots of potholes. Miss Wellsbury wasn't very happy because her car was filthy and it was very bumpy. Sophie thought it was funny - she was bouncing up and down!

They arrived at the road and it was all dark - no lights. Sophie looked very disappointed. Miss Wellsbury checked the map and realised that it was the wrong road. There are two "Lodge Close"s in Rayleigh! (Parents hint: It's the one in Rayleigh, not Thundersley!!!)


They turned a corner and there in front of them was a tree all lit up! Sophie was jumping up and down in the back of the car, getting very excited!



They parked the car and walked up and down the street. Most of the houses were covered from floor to roof with lights.

Sophie thought it was very pretty and went home wanting to light up their house!


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"Merry Christmas Everyone "

says Sophie


Parent's Note

If you live in Essex and wish to visit the Lodge Close lights then I'm sure they'd be happy to have you as they aim to raise money for charity. They have been featured on but you might want to check before travelling.

2005 Update: Normally the lights go up around Christmas but I've heard some bad news for 2005. We've been told that unfortunately they will not be taking place this year due to complaints - despite raising lots of money for charity

If you know of good amateur illuminations then send Sophie an email and we'll try to list it for you. Also, if you're in the Essex area then she would enjoy visiting!

Link to Lodge Close map



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