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Leatherhead: Military Wives choir and top young musician head up Christmas events

Christians in Leatherhead are gearing up for a major town centre series of celebrations this Christmas ...

Swan Centre Management and Leatherhead Town Management are working in partnership with Churches Together in Leatherhead, for what may be the largest Christmas Celebration in the Town Centre in memory.

A full town Christmas festival, organised by the Leatherhead Festival Committee, is taking place on 1 December from 11am - 5pm with entertainment, food and fun, then every Saturday through the month (8, 15, 22) will feature a range of artists including school choirs, movement and dance, Christmas music, the Military Wives Choir from Wattisham (right), and BBC Young Musician of the Year finalist Jordan Black (below).

These additional events will take place from 10am-2pm in the Swan Centre/ High Street area of the Town.

Candy canes will be given to children, and the Military Wives Choir will be singing on the 8 December from 12 noon-1pm as part of a fundraiser for DMRC Headley Court. The rest of the time will consist of St Peter’s Catholic School singers, Woodlands Special Needs School and the Churches Together Band of excellent musicians.

On 15 December, Trinity School, The Downsmen, dancers and Therfield School will combine with the Mole Valley Silver Band.

On Saturday 22 December, a brilliant group from various Churches will form a band playing creative Christmas music, Natalie Keel (who sang at the town Olympics celebration) will also be taking part. The Fetcham Singers will be participating as will Jordan Black, BBC Young Musician of the Year Finalist.

Pioneer Engage Church Leader Gerald Coates commented: “This is an amazing line-up for the Christmas celebrations. We are expecting hundreds to come each Saturday to celebrate and benefit from the many fine shops in the town.”

Pat Lawless, Swan Centre Manager, added: "We are all hoping that this will be a wonderful lead up to Christmas for our community and for our shops and businesses."

Dave Banko, Chairman of Churches Together in Leatherhead commented: “There has never been a month like this, with so many people within and beyond Leatherhead taking part in this celebration, Pat Lawless and Anne Parker, Swan Centre Management, and Lucy Hanson, Town Centre Manager, are to be congratulated for their creative and entrepreneurial approach to the month of December.”

The Rector Revd Graham Osborne, Methodist/URC Minister Revd Ian Howarth and Roman Catholic Priest Revd Fr. Michael Masterson OBE are encouraging their Churches to participate by singing carols throughout this series.

For further details, go to www.churchesleatherhead.org, www.visitleatherhead.com and www.theswancentre.co.uk

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