The Chair of Eden District Council, Cllr Douglas Banks, held the Council Chair’s final fundraising Christmas Carol service at St. Andrew's Church in Penrith on Monday 12 December.
The well-attended service heard Christmas Carols sung by choirs from two local schools, Penrith’s Brunswick School and Langwathby CofE Primary School, while the congregation joining in hearty renditions of a number of traditional carols, including O Come All Ye Faithful and While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night.
The service was also host to a number of invited dignitaries, including The Mayors of Allerdale, Carlisle, Kendal and Keswick; Chair of Cumbria County Council, Cllr Andrew Connell; and Deputy-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Antony Leeming.
Those in attendance heard readings from Eden District Council leader, Cllr Virginia Taylor, and Kevin McGilloway of the Fellrunnner Village Bus Service, one of the Chair’s nominated charities and a beneficiary of the carol service, which shared the £360 raised with the Chair’s other nominated charity, the Great North Air Ambulance.
Cllr Banks said, “I’m thankful that so many people braved the frost to come along to the final Chair’s Christmas Carol Service before Eden District Council becomes a part of the new Westmorland and Furness Authority in April of next year.
“I’m grateful to Penrith Town Band for accompanying the carols with their wonderful playing, and also to Cranston’s and Greggs for providing very welcome refreshments, after the service.
“I’m particularly grateful to the pupils, parents and teachers of the two schools that sung so beautifully in the Church. Thanks to their efforts, the service was a tremendous success and all the money raised from the service will go towards two fabulous local charity organisations, providing invaluable services to the people of Eden.”