Marlborough's Christmas charity events - carols and much, much more

Written by Sue Round .

A Marlborough Christmas: Anne Deuchar of Marlborough Cancer Research UK  Harriet White of Marlborough College EnterprisesA Marlborough Christmas: Anne Deuchar of Marlborough Cancer Research UK Harriet White of Marlborough College EnterprisesThis year Marlborough hosts a fine array of Christmas music - traditional carols and Christmas music for all tastes - with some new Christmas fun and shopping - all giving people a chance to support a range of very worthy local charities.

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Saturday,  December 10

Marlborough Choral Society - A Christmas Celebration
7.30pm, St Mary's Church, Marlborough
Tickets : £8 (Students £1, under 16s free) available from Sound Knowledge or on the door.

Saint-Saëns - 'Christmas Oratorio' with harp & organ
Holst - 'Christmas Day'
Other Christmas music including pieces by Tchaikovsky and John Rutter and a set of Australian carols. Look out for some unusual words!

Retiring collection for Julia’s House, Children’s Hospice.
The choir will also be singing at Coombe End Care Home on December 12 and at Savernake View Care Home at a later date.

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Sunday, December 11

A Christmas Carol Concert - Marlborough’s Macmillan Cancer Support Group

Marlborough Town Hall - doors open 7pm

With the Kennet Valley Brass and the Pewsey Male Voice Choir.

Refreshments and raffle.

Entry:  Adults £3 & children £3.

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Monday,  December 12

Marlborough Community Choir – Christmas Concert
7.30 pm, St Mary's Church, Marlborough

Free entry, retiring collection to Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's new cancer treatment centre.

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Saturday December 17 - 10am – 4pm

A Marlborough ChristmasNorwood Hall, Marlborough College

Entry:  minimum donation of £3 (children under-12 free).

Over forty carefully selected artisan trade stands will be selling gifts, food and drink. Santa's Grotto will offer the chance to have a photograph taken with Father Christmas. 

There will be Christmas musical entertainment from the Marlborough Rock Choir and Marlborough Community Choir. Mince pies, mulled wine and other refreshments will be available all day at Cafe Cancer Research UK.  

This is a tri-charity fundraising event for Cancer Research UK, Prospect Hospice and Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal.

Anne Deuchar, Marlborough Cancer Research UK event organiser, told Marlborough.News: “This is the first tri-charity event we have held and I hope it will run every year. This Christmas Fair offers festive fun for all the family, and every penny raised will go to these local charities.”

Harriet White, Events Assistant for Marlborough College Enterprises said: “It’s great to be involved with the local community and to support these fundraising events.”

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Saturday December 17 – 4pm

Annual Classical Carol Concert in Marlborough College Chapel - Vale of Pewsey Hope and Homes for Children Support Group

Marie Claire spent her first nine years in the notorious Noel De Nyundo orphanage in Rwanda. With Hope and Homes' support, Marie Claire is now with a loving foster mother & is beginning to thriveMarie Claire spent her first nine years in the notorious Noel De Nyundo orphanage in Rwanda. With Hope and Homes' support, Marie Claire is now with a loving foster mother & is beginning to thriveTickets: £10 each (children under-12 free) available at David Dudley Jewellers, Kim Vine in Marlborough High Street or 'phone 01672 562777 for more information.

This carols by candlelight concert will include:  carols with organist Chris de Souza, The BlueBelles A Cappella Group, The Great Bedwyn Millennium Choir and soloists Fiona Scott MacArthur, Luana Godwin and Nick Evans.

The charity Hope and Homes for Children finds alternative, high quality family based care for vulnerable children, who otherwise would be in orphanages. Their work is now recognized as best practice by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation.

The charity develops family support services and establishes robust fostering and adoption networks. And it has a local connection.

Colonel Mark and Caroline Cook, who lived in West Stowell, near Marlborough, founded the charity after their experience of Bjelave orphanage, Bosnia. The charity now works with children in Africa and Eastern Europe.

The Vale of Pewsey Hope and Homes for Children support group are grateful to their sponsors (Kim Vine, Dept ’83 Marlborough, The Red Lion East Chisenbury, Susan Hussey Opticians) who have made it possible to reinstate this carol concert after a break last year.

For more information of how you can support the work of Hope and Homes, please contact Alison Netherclift on 01672 562777 or on-line at www.hopeandhomes.org

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