Once again we’ll be singing carols round the village in the week leading up to Christmas, starting from outside the Bell and Jorrocks. The dates and areas we hope to cover each night are listed below and may possibly change, so check on the Church website and Frittenden Community Facebook nearer the time:
|Tuesday December 18th 6.45pm||Headcorn Road, Mill Lane, Sinkhurst Green|
|Wednesday December 19th 6.45pm||*Cranbrook Road, Waller Hill, Knoxbridge|
|Friday December 21st 6.45pm||*Biddenden Road, Sand Lane, Bubhurst Lane|
|Saturday December 22nd 5.00pm||Centre of the Village – ideal for families as we start earlier and finish at 7.30. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.|
*Note: The routes shown here for Wednesday and Friday differ from those shown in the Parish Magazine. These routes are the correct ones.
All the money we raise is given to charities and in previous years we have split our collection two ways. This year we are making a slight change. As in previous years half the proceeds will be given to Fegans, a Tunbridge Wells-based charity with a wealth of experience in child and family support. The other half will go to the Weald Family Hub which is a partnership between Fegans and local churches in the Weald villages. The Hub was set up this year as a practical response to the urgent need for better support for teenagers, and their families affected by mental health issues. It connects the community with people, projects and organisations that can provide help. This has so far included helping fund counselling in primary and secondary schools throughout this part of the Weald and setting up a scheme to train volunteers to work with families. Our own village school is one of the participants.
We commend these charities to you.
Needless to say, successful carol singing depends on having enough singers to join us. Even if you can spare only one evening, that would be really helpful and encouraging. If you are new to Frittenden, come and see for yourself; we enjoy end-of-evening refreshments, guaranteed to leave us with a pleasant glow even on a cold or damp evening. (We do go out whatever the weather!)
Tony and Judy Staples