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Putting the sing into BaSINGstoke this Christmas

News release 10449, published on 28 Nov 2023

Basingstoke is set to hit the high notes this Christmas as the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane’s annual Christmas Carol Service returns with a festive programme of music and readings to welcome the Christmas season.

The Mayor Cllr David Leeks and the Mayoress Amanda Leeks are inviting residents back to the free seasonal event on Saturday 9 December from 6pm at St Michael's Church in Church Square.

The traditional Christmas service will feature carols and performances from Tadley and Kingsclere Songsters and South View Junior School, as well as readings by representatives from the Mayor's charities.

There will also be the opportunity to join the Mayor and Mayoress for refreshments after the service, prepared and served by students from Basingstoke College of Technology.

Proceeds from the collection will go to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal which this year supports three local good causes – Citizens Advice Basingstoke, Citizens Advice Tadley and Shopmobility Basingstoke.

Tickets to the event are free but are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Cllr Leeks said: “The Mayoress and I are both really looking forward to the annual Christmas service which is an excellent way to kick off the festive season.

“We are very grateful to the local organisations, schools and individuals who will tell the Christmas story through music, readings and prayers.

“People of all ages are welcome to join us for this special event, the proceeds of which will be going to my charity appeal supporting three fantastic local causes that make such a difference in our local communities.”

For more information about the event, go to: https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/carolservice-2023

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