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School pupils are the stars as Sawbridgeworth comes together for carols event

The community of Sawbridgeworth came together for a carols event to make sure Scrooge coronavirus didn’t put a dampener on the Christmas spirit.

Highlights of last Sunday's (Dec 13) virtual event, which was organised by Sawbridgeworth Evangelical Congregational Church (SECC), were performances by schools and performing arts group Youth Create.

Mandeville Primary pupils sang Silent Night while Fawbert and Barnard Infants gave their rendition of O Little Town of Bethlehem. Spellbrook Primary performed the Nativity story and Reedings Junior pupils sang The Virgin Mary Had a Baby.

Fawbert & Barnard infants sing O Little Town of Bethlehem (43548839)
Fawbert & Barnard infants sing O Little Town of Bethlehem (43548839)

In between, SECC minister the Rev Gary Hanson told how after all the challenges people had faced this year maybe the baby Jesus in the manger was “the one that we need after all”.

Rev Simon Vivian, from Great St Mary’s Church, read prayers, before Youth Create sang Joy to the World and everyone watching was invited onto their doorsteps to sing We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The town’s traders wished everyone a merry Christmas.

Among residents who joined in were neighbours in Walnut Tree Crescent. Hazel Verity was delighted that neighbours Julia and Ray rallied everyone for socially-distanced fun, with their children handing out mince pies and another resident projecting the event onto a sheet on the front of their house.

A screenshot from the Sawbridgeworth carols event (43548696)
A screenshot from the Sawbridgeworth carols event (43548696)

The festive fun was kicked off on Saturday when Sawbridgeworth Town Council arranged for Santa to tour the town in his sleigh.

On Christmas Eve (Thursday) a carols event will be held by Great St Mary's in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Sawbridgeworth and live-streamed on the church's website and Facebook page from 6.30pm.

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