Tis the season to be jolly

PUBLISHED: 14:42 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:03 31 May 2010

Carol singing enables people to get into the festive spirit - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Carol singing enables people to get into the festive spirit - Pic: Sarah Lucy Brown

Carol singing, nativity plays and seasonal church services are a great way for the whole family to get into the festive spirit and learn about the true meaning of Christmas. There are many different events taking place in the area this Sunday, December 17

Carol singing, nativity plays and seasonal church services are a great way for the whole family to get into the festive spirit and learn about the true meaning of Christmas.

There are many different events taking place in the area this Sunday, December 17, which are sure to capture the imagination of little ones and grown-ups alike.

The Gold Street Chapel presents a family nativity service in the Saffron Walden County High School's drama hall at 10.30am, before joining forces with the congregation at the Baptist Church in the High Street for some carol singing.

Favourite songs such as Away in a Manger, Silent Night and Once in Royal David's City can also be enjoyed at the Salvation Army's carol service at the Goldenacre Community Centre in Ross Close from 3pm, and at the New Life Pentecostal Church in Shire Hill from 6.30pm.

St Mary's Parish Church in Great Dunmow hosts a service of lessons and carols at 6pm and festive songs and hymns can be enjoyed at a candlelit service at St Andrew's Church in Barnston, also at 6pm.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be on sale at a carol concert taking place in Hatfield Forest between 3pm and 5pm at the National Trust's Shell House. The event is free, but normal admission prices apply. Booking is not essential and more information can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk or by calling 01279 870678.

Festive music of a different nature will be performed at the Bluebell Inn in Hempstead this Tuesday, when duo Mandy-Turner play live.

English guitarist Jay Turner and Australian vocalist, pianist and violinist Catherine Mundy will perform their "Bonza Ozzie Christmas" show, providing a different take on yuletide entertainment.

Their show will start at about 8.30pm and tickets are £8 - call 01799 599199 for more details.

If all that singing has whet your appetite and you fancy going solo in public for a good cause, then pop along to Tesco in Saffron Walden between 10am and 3pm on Thursday, December 21.

Local charity Crossroads will have a stall outside the store and want as many people as possible to join in and sing carols and play instruments to help raise money.

There are many more Christmas services and concerts taking place in the days leading up to December 25 in the local area and you can find out about them by calling the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre on 01799 510444.

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