Weston goes digital with a festive Christmas carol service

2:07pm - 17 December 2020

A new collaborative Christmas carol service, involving local churches, community groups and businesses has been created to offer residents the opportunity to enjoy a carol service from the comfort of their own home.

Filmed on the Grand Pier, the digital service will include readings from Cllr Mark Canniford, prayers by Rev Tom Yacomeni, talks by local resident Lewis Smith, interviews with Dr John Heather and Chair of Pier Health Group of GPS about the impact of Covid-19 and the up-and-coming vaccinations and a guest appearance by Rev Eric Delve.

The event was brought together by ROC WSM, a community engagement charity that focuses on bringing local people together, celebrating good things happening in the community and exploring practical ways of helping those in need in Weston-super-Mare.

Cllr Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Business, Economy and Employment at North Somerset Council, said: “ROC WSM has already done inspirational work on the ground in just a few months in Weston-super-Mare, and this is a fantastic way to end a gloomy year in many ways.

“They are bringing much-needed hope and help to residents, and this Christmas carols concert on the Grand Pier reminds us that we are all stronger together. Things will get better and there are people around who really care.”

ROC WSM leaders Dave and Penny Hynds said: “This Christmas Carol celebration will end the year with some much-needed good news and hope.

“2020 has been a devastating year for so many, with COVID-19 causing massive disruption to people’s lives. We want everyone to know that there are people fighting for them and wanting to help make a safer and kinder community.”

Michelle Michael, Director of the Grand Pier, said: “The Grand Pier fully supports this wonderful initiative. It’s really important that businesses back communities and we are thrilled to provide the Grand Pier as the backdrop for this musical celebration at this special time of year.”

Carols will be broadcast on Tuesday 22nd December at 5.30pm and 7.30pm on ROC’s YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/channel/UCAQJjgMk3YZbxeUJUxHOz5w

ROC WSM was set up in February 2020 with the aim of bringing a kinder and safer Weston and Worle.

With 180 representatives from business, police, NHS, all councils, schools, colleges, charities, community groups and churches, it aims to bring together all people of goodwill to do non-stop initiatives of hope and good news for the years to come.