Carols: the end

The end of the carols season did not begin well, with Saturday 22nd December’s scheduled carols round the Christmas Tree becoming the only casualty of the season when it was cancelled due to heavy rain.

However, on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd December a small group returned to Morrison’s, after battling to find a space in the very busy car park. Many frantic last-minute shoppers took a little time to relax and enjoy the playing, and to give generously for the Wiltshire Carers.

Carols: the middle

Victorian Carol Singers! High Street, Dec 2012

Victorian Carol Singers! High Street, Dec 2012

Today a large troupe convened, despite the damp conditions, on Chippenham high street to play carols, again collecting for our nominated charity: Wiltshire carers.┬áTo our delight, the Victorian dressed CLOGS society (Victorian Fayre at the Market) joined us on a whim for our final selection of carols: Angels from the Realms of Glory, Away in a Manger and Once in Royal David’ s City.

Perhaps someone should have warned them that we have our own tradition of playing We Wish You a Merry Christmas at break neck speed the second time through before they tried to sing along with that…

Carols: the beginning

Whitehall Carols, Dec 2012

Whitehall Carols, Dec 2012

Saturday 8th December saw a smaller portion of the band play at Whitehall Garden Centre, Lacock, near the ice rink. We were collecting for a local children’s hospice charity, and the slightly chilled shoppers were touched by the spirit of giving.

Sunday 9th December involved a larger group of carolling instruments in the foyer of Morrison’s, Chippenham – this time collecting for Wiltshire Carers. Silly hats were all the rage.

Celia delighted onlookers with her sousaphone!