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Carols in the Cornmarket Raises Over £900 for Minster Funds

The magical evening of Carols in the Cornmarket at Wimborne took place on Friday 22nd December.

Although it was a  fine dry evening it was somewhat windy which caused a problem when trying to light the candles in the Lanterns. The lights in the Cornmarket tree however saved the day, or shall we say the evening, and gave us a perfect atmosphere. The Event  organised jointly by Hilda Butler and Anthony Oliver as a Community Event since 2006 saw the Cornmarket filled with one of the largest crowds seen in recent years and all in the space of less than half an hour.

Town Crier Chris Brown called everyone to order at 6.00pm. A welcome was given by Anthony Oliver before Salvation Army Officer Major Carole Gadsden opened the evening with Prayer.

The singing of the Carols was accompanied by the Broadstone Community Concert Band under the direction of Damon Corio and Minster Choristers under the direction of Colin Davey, Organist and Director of the Choirs at The
Minster.

After the singing of the first two carols, ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ and ‘The First Nowell’, Michael Dodds read the first lesson from Isaiah and then after ‘Hark the Herald Angels sing’ the Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Diann March read the second lesson from Luke’s Gospel. The Minster Choristers sang the first verse of ‘Away in a Manger’ before those gathered all sang the remaining verses. Following the singing of ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ the Rector of Wimborne Minster, the Revd Canon Andrew Rowland  prayed for Peace throughout the World and particularly in Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Ukraine before pronouncing The final Blessing. Other carols sung were ‘Ding Dong Merrily on
High’ and ‘O come all ye Faithful’ before the final  ‘Deck the Halls with boughs of Holly’.

The event was sponsored by Wimborne BID and Optique 2000 who paid for the printing of all the Posters and Handbills for Advertising the Event and for the  Carol Sheets. Radio Wimborne kindly provided the Public Address
system with the power being provided from the home of Barry & Patsy Glazier.

First Aid cover was provided by John Hughes.

A collection taken for Wimborne Minster Funds raised £903.

Once again the event was deemed to be a success with many comments from those attending saying how much it was enjoyed. Next year’s event is already noted in the diaries for Friday 20th December 2024 and we will look forward to seeing everyone again.

Photo credit Tom Scrase
Photo Credit Tom Scrase