Willingdon, Wannock and Jevington

GLEN CHORALE: The theme of this year’s Christmas concert given by Glen Chorale was ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’. The musical director was Ansy Boothroyd ably assisted by pianist David Alexander. There was a warm welcome for everyone at Wannock Hall with Parry’s lively ‘Welcome Yule’. And then John Rutter’s ‘Wexford Carol’ – which started with soloist David Nunn confidently singing unaccompanied and then the choir gradually joining in – very effective. And so the concert progressed with a variety of lively music and more gentle thought provoking pieces. Soprano Janet Togut gave a delightful rendering of ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ and there were other pieces where individual members were able to show that they were also very competent singers. ‘Lietenant Kije’s Winter Wonderland’ combining two melodies was actually arranged by tenor Graham Dibbens. It was not easy but the choir performed it well. They made a point of watching the conductor who always brought the individual parts in at the right time. As always, the diction was clear which made it easy for the audience to follow the lyrics. The choir sang Rutter’s ‘Twelve days of Christmas’ - another lively piece – and all seemed to manage to get the order of the ‘gifts’ for the ‘twelve days’ in the right order. There was a lot of audience participation with the well-known carols, which everyone enjoyed. ‘White Christmas’ was beautifully sung and it certainly helped having such a talented accompanist. And after a foot tapping ‘Go tell it on the mountain’ the concert finished with a very peaceful and melodic ‘A Christmas Blessing’. Ansy Boothriyd knows how to bring out the best in the Glen Chorale. It was an excellent concert. A retiring collection was made for the Demelza Children’s Hospice.

TRINITY DINERS: The next Trinity Diners’ lunch at Trinity Church Hall in Coppice Avenue is to-day Friday December 18 at 12 noon. It will be a special Christmas lunch which is always very popular. Please ring Jennie on 01323 484189 early to see if there are any places left or you could try going along to the hall at 12 noon to check for cancellations as with all the coughs and colds going around there may be people who have booked but now can’t get there.

THE CHURCH STREET NATIVITY: begins at 6pm to-day Friday December 18 in St Mary’s Church Willingdon. The nativity story is re-enacted as Mary and Joseph and the crowds flock out of the church and make their way to ‘Bethlehem’ whilst Fr Kevin recounts the bible story and carols are sung along the way. They stop at the ‘shepherds’ field and proceed to the Wheatsheaf Inn where the landlord Martin Hughes tells Mary and Joseph that there is ‘no room at the inn’ and directs them to the ‘stable’ across the road where baby Jesus is wrapped up warmly in a manger. Meanwhile the three kings have followed the star and have come with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It is a lovely custom, attracting hundreds of people each year, and dressing up adds to the enjoyment. At the church service last Sunday, Fr Kevin announced that they have now got the main characters – Mary and Joseph, Angel Gabriel, the three kings and even baby Jesus, but there is a definite shortage of angels and shepherds, so if you think you could help, please contact Fr Kevin on 01323 502079.

THE LONG MAN MORRIS MEN: will be joining in the carol singing at 8pm at the Wheatsheaf this evening Friday December 18.

CANDLELIT CONCERT: Composer and guitarist Richard Durrant will be performing in a candlelit Christmas guitar concert with singer Amy Kakoura at 7.30pm on Friday December 18 at St Mary and St Peter’s Church in Wilmington. Richard will also be playing the ukulele – a fairytale of New York. These concerts have become a much loved part of Christmas for audiences throughout the UK. Visit www.richard-durrant.com to learn more. Tickets are £16 or £14 concessions. Contact 01323 870149 or just turn up.

HOWLING BLUES: will be entertaining customers at the British Queen from 8.30pm on Saturday December 19. On Sunday December 20 there will be carol singing from 4pm at the British Queen.

CONCENTUS CHORALE: The retiring collections from the two Concentus Christmas concerts are donated to the JPK Sussex Project which aims to provide a supported residential centre for adults with a learning disability. The repeat concert is at 4pm on Saturday December 19 at St Saviour’s and St Peter’s Church in Eastbourne. Tickets are £10 each and are available from Evelyn on 01323 643358 or just turn up on the night.

THE JPK SUSSEX PROJECT: is one of the good causes which has been chosen for this year’s Win-A-Car charity draw at the Arndale Centre in Eastbourne. Their day will be Tuesday December 22. If you could spare an hour or two to help, please contact JPK project co-ordinator Willingdon resident Jill Parker MBE on 01323 486179. And do buy some tickets while you are doing your last minute Christmas shopping. You will be supporting an excellent cause and may even win the car.

ST WILFRID’S CHURCH: in Broad Road will be having a Christmas Craft afternoon at 2.30pm on Sunday December 20 which is mainly for primary school children and their families to have fun with Christmas crafts and then join in a candle-lit, carol and crib service at 4pm. This will be followed by mince pies and refreshments and will finish about 5.15pm.

NINE LESSONS and carols: will be held at 6.30pm on Sunday December 20 at St Mary’s Church Willingdon. On Christmas Eve the services at St Mary’s are as follows:- 10.30am Holy Communion, 3pm and 4pm crib services, 10.40pm carols from the gallery and at 11.15pm Midnight Mass with carols. On Christmas day there will be Holy Communion at 8am and parish Eucharist at Christmas at 9.45am.

JEVINGTON CHURCH: The morning service on Sunday December 20 at St Andrew’s Church in Jevington will be at 11.15am. The Christingle and Crib service will be at 3pm on Thursday December 24, and on Christmas Day Holy Communion will be at 10am. Please note that there will be no service at Jevingon Church on Sunday December 27 as there will be a United Benefice Service at East Dean Church at 10.30am.

TRINITY CHURCH: in Coppice Avenue will be having a carol service followed by refreshments at 10.30am on Sun day December 20. There will also be a 10.30am service on Christmas Day.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS: to the readers of this column and a healthy New Year. Please let me have and club programmes for next year and any items of information in which you think readers would be interested.

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