Rev’d Joe Moore, the new curate from St Mary’s Battersea, writes about ‘Carols in the Square’ that took place on 7th December.
“After months in the planning, with a fantastic team of volunteers from St Mary’s Battersea and the locale, as well as the generous and kind support of our sponsors and supporters, and community partners – Carols in the Square was a great success on Tuesday night! Despite the wet weather, we were not defeated and the rain did indeed cease for this festive community event. It was wonderful to have a core team from the Intensive Care Unit(ICU) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, as well as the Mayor of Wandsworth, to switch on the Battersea Square Christmas tree lights.
The St Mary’s Choir led us in many of our best loved carols, and students from St John Bosco College gave us a fabulous rendition of ‘Winter Wonderland’, with children from Westbridge Academy also taking a lead in singing ‘Away in a Manger’. Skyline Brass, a quintet formed of current and previous students of RCM London, made the event simply burst with seasonal joy. Craft stalls, hot chocolate, mulled win, mince pies, Santa hats and much more gave the whole event a merry and bright atmosphere.
The chosen charity for the evening was KLS, who do remarkable work in Battersea, running a range of their own community services, campaigning for social change and supporting other charities and communities to thrive.
Wandsworth Council, Thomas’s School, John D Wood, and many others have been so kind with their resources and time and we are hugely grateful to all who were able to make it there.
Can’t wait for next year!”
Rev’d Joe Moore
P.S. Congratulations and many thanks to the whole team who put this brilliant event together! What a fantastic piece of work.
P.P.S. Thank you to everyone who made a donation to our work that evening.