Rotary Club Provide Free Event

The Rotary Club’s annual Community Christmas Concert returns to the Leisure Centre after three years at the Xcel Centre.

Organiser Syd Howarth said the Rotary Club were extremely grateful to Xcel for donating use of their facilities for this annual event and accept it could not always be available.

“This is a commercial Conference Centre and the management have been very kind in hosting this event free of charge and it was much appreciated” said Syd.

There will be cost implications at the Leisure Centre, but discounts and funding from Councils will defray the expenses to enable the club to present the Concert free of charge to the community.

As usual the Christmas Carols and Songs will be led by our Town Band. Local Schools and other children’s groups have been invited to perform and it is building up to be a spectacular show.

Among those appearing are the new “Shine” choir, Sugar Hill and St. Mary’s Schools, Woodham Academy and Greenfield College. It is also hoped a Dance School will entertain.

The sound system will be provided by John Melvin and groups can bring their own backing tapes for John to play for their musical items.

The Rotary Club, conscious that times are hard, want a free event and have decided not to run a raffle. If people want to donate to the annual Xmas collection for needy families in the town there will be a collection bucket at the door afterwards.

“We have a collection at Tesco’s and will be taking Santa Claus round the streets as usual so we did not want to take money at the Community Concert. It will be a totally free occasion with lots of fun including a visit by Santa Claus” said President of the Club Roger Curtis.