WITH just one week to go now before Stroud Goodwill Evening, artist Jack Wimperis is putting the final touches to 14 temporary light sculptures to create a special atmosphere in town.
Jack, a sculptor and light designer, has been commissioned to produce the sculptures around the town, and to light up four clocks.
The light sculptures are being sponsored by Travis Perkins and, with the wood for the frames just delivered, Jack is now hard at work putting them together in his Cainscross studio.
He said: "There will be 12 sculptures around the town plus two on the balcony at the Sub Rooms, each measuring four metres high, made of wood with colour-changing lights inside, and wrapped in pallet wrap."
The sculptures are being put together at the studio and will be in place for the switching on of the lights at 6pm outside the Sub Rooms on Friday, December 7.
Jack said: "I was asked to produce some light sculptures for the Goodwill Evening, and started off by doing some mock-ups to check that the idea would work, with the plan being simply to provide a bit of colour and interest on the night.
"The lights will be taken down after the event but I hope they will help make it a bit more spectacular, and I have also been asked to light up four clocks in town."
The sea cadets will be manning the road closures from 4pm on the night and Santa will be wandering around town spreading good cheer.
In keeping with this year's theme, Make Love Not War, there will be a peace campaigners stall in the high street and a 15 minute meditation session in Mills courtyard at 7.30pm which is open to everyone who wants to join in.
Throughout the evening there will be music from the Rock Choir, dancing from Stroud Morris Dancers, a lighting and sound rig is being set up at Lansdown Hall by Force 12, the Rinky Dink will be in King Street and the Crystal Cave will be at Mann's Jewellers again in George Street.
Don't forget the traditional funfair at Fawkes Place.
There is also a treasure hunt in the town's shop windows for youngsters and everyone who dresses up and has their picture taken at Kodak in Kendrick Street will be entered into a competition with some great prizes to be won.
See next week's SNJ for the map of the procession route and final details of what is happening on the night.