Christmas news in brief

Friday 14 December 2012 Updated: 14/12 11:22

A FEAST of festive stalls will pack out the Guildhall tomorrow (Saturday) as part of a Christmas fund-raiser for charity.

Santa will also be making an appearance at the fair in aid of Onside which supports vulnerable and isolated adults across Worcestershire.

It starts at 11am with Father Christmas set to make an appearance around 1pm.

“We are hoping to raise £500 which will help our volunteers and staff make 25 more visits to isolated individuals in our local community,” said Claire Watkins from Onside.

“Christmas can highlight just how tough life is, at Onside we work with individuals, often with complex issues, to help each person find a way to live the life they choose.”

A VILLAGE school’s choir came top of the pops with radio listeners after winning a festive-themed singing competition.

Martley C of E Primary School was named as the winner of the Christmas Stars competition run by Free Radio.

The radio station ran the competition to find the top primary school choir in Herefordshire and Worcestershire that could provide a modern take on Christmas songs.

Ten schools faced each other in a public vote to make it into the top three, with the final held at CrownGate Shopping Centre last weekend.

A panel of judges named Martley the winning school at the final which was hosted by breakfast presenters Hursty and Helen.

A FIRM of solicitors will sport Santa suits and open up their car park to Christmas shoppers tomorrow (Saturday) to raise funds for Leukaemia Care.

Staff from SME Solicitors are inviting people to come and park up at their offices on Sansome Walk in exchange for a donation to the Worcester-based charity.

The festive fund-raising will be taking place from 9am to 3pm and shoppers who make a donation will be treated to a mince pie. The firm decided to organise the event after the charity’s main annual fund-raiser the Santathon was cancelled earlier this month due to the recent flooding of Worcester Racecourse.

SME Solicitors’ Stacey Redman said: “We were disappointed the Santathon was cancelled. This seems a fun way to make use of our Santa suits and a way for us to support Leukaemia Care and its amazing work, while hopefully encouraging local trade in the run up to Christmas.”

GARISH Christmas jumpers will be the height of fashion this afternoon (Friday) when a mum and toddler group takes part in a fund-raiser in support of a global charity.

Mission2Mum Club will join thousands of people across the country in supporting national Christmas Jumper Day to raise funds for Save the Children.

Mums are being invited to wear their most festive jumpers - no matter how cheesy - and head down to Bindles Brasserie in Sidbury from 2pm to 5pm.

There will be a minimum donation of £1 with lots of great prizes up for grabs in a raffle including lunch for two at Boston Tea Party as well as a CACI facial and full set of Geleration nails from Pura Beauty.

To find out more call Gemma on 077890 76855.

PEOPLE can take time out from the rush of Christmas preparations and enjoy a feast of seasonal music performed by members of the Philomusica choir at St Mary's Church in Kempsey on Monday (December 17).

The programme will contain a wide variety of Christmas music including a special piece - Cradled in a Manger, a Christmas cantata that tells the story of the birth of Christ.

The words and music were written by the choir’s conductor Linda Parsons.

Philomusica will also be joined by their successful youth choir, Philominor.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8 (accompanied children under 16 admitted free.)

Tickets will be available on the door and can also be booked in advance at or by calling Lyn Rimell on 01905 820140.

A BARBOURNE church will come alive with the sound of festive music next week when it plays host to a seasonal concert.

The 26th annual Wassail is taking place at St George's CE Church on Thursday (December 20) and will feature secular as well as sacred music and readings.

It includes performances from Bevere Brass and The Magdalene Singers with Gabrielle Bullock and Stephen Malkinson and directed by Ian Pattison.

The audience will be encouraged to get involved with the festivities and mulled wine and mince pies will be served during the interval. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8 (concessions £6) with free entry for children.

Tickets can be bought in advance from Tourist Information by the Guildhall or on the door.

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