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Churches get ready to take Christmas cheer online

We may not be able to gather together for the traditional Christmas carol concerts and school nativity plays this year, but schools and churches from across the South West have joined together to create a unique online Christmas extravaganza instead.

The first ever online South West Carols event will see thousands of people across the region tuning in to the LIVE online event from the comfort of their own homes.

The event could be the biggest ever festive Carols and Nativity event that has ever taken place in the region, with lockdown encouraging churches to think...

Choir raises over £4,000 for Exeter homeless charity

Members of Exeter Philharmonic Choir visited St Petrock's this week to present a cheque worth £4,086 to the charity which provides support, housing and prevention services for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed

The money was raised over two consecutive nights in December in the retiring collection at Exeter Cathedral following the Choir's annual carol services.

Mel Hartley, Project Manager at St. Petrock's, said: "We are extremely grateful for Exeter Philharmonic Choir's support. which will help us to meet some of the challenges we face as we continue to fill gaps...

Exeter College's Record Breaking Festival of Carols

Exeter College is celebrating a record breaking fundraising year - raising more than £1,400 for charity - at its annual Festival of Carols.

Each year the College raises money at the event for its charity of the year as chosen by the staff and students. This year the college raised a record breaking £1,453.50 in aid of Nightstop Devon. The service took place at a packed Exeter Cathedral on Wednesday 5th December.

Sarah Lakey, Senior Community & Events Fundraiser for Nightstop Devon said: "Nightstop provides same day emergency overnight accommodation for young homeless...

Exeter Philharmonic Choir sings out to support ‘Farms for City Children’

A charity which gives urban children a better understanding of the countryside is to benefit from Exeter Philharmonic Choir’s two carol concerts next week.

The retiring collection from ‘Carols in the Cathedral’ will go to Farms for City Children, which was founded in Devon over forty years ago by children’s author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare.

The charity’s first farm was in the heart of the beautiful Devon countryside at Nethercott House, just outside the village of Iddesleigh. Farms for City Children now has three working farms which welcome more than 3,200...

Carols in the Cathedral

Event Date: 
12/12/2017 - 7:30pm to 13/12/2017 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Philharmonic Choir brings an early note of Christmas cheer to Exeter Cathedral - a repertoire of carols performed with Exeter Brass and Devon County Junior Choir.

Over two evenings, the Choir will provide the essential soundtrack to the Christmas festivities.

Conducted by Howard Ionascu, with a retiring collection in support of Farms for City Children.

"Carols in the Cathedral" is kindly supported by sponsors Clinton Devon Estates, Everys Solicitors and Renaissance Villages.

A carol service to remember

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 12/15/2016 - 3:24pm

Had you been in Exeter at 2.30pm on Saturday 10 December, you would have been witness to a congregation of over 700 Freemasons with their families in the Cathedral.

They were led by their Provincial Grand Master Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP in a celebration of the coming of Christmas.

They sang carols in the company of 8 voices arranged by Mathew Cann, a gentleman of the Cathedral Choir, led by the superb Cathedral organ played by Tim Noon, Cathedral Director of Music. They also gave nine readings including one titled “The Christmas Cake and the Mouse” in a service led by...

Deaf students entertain Exeter Christmas shoppers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 12/15/2016 - 2:06pm

On Thursday 8th December, Princesshay shoppers were treated to a different kind of carol service by the Exeter Deaf Academy.

Students from Exeter Deaf Academy took to Princesshay to perform carol favourites, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Silent Night, O Come all ye Faithful, Away in a Manger, Frosty the Snowman and White Christmas, in British Sign Language (BSL).

The Exeter Deaf Academy Christmas choir was led by BSL Instructor, Nikki James and Expressive Arts teacher Deb Thomas. Both students and Academy staff encouraged the public to join in with the signed Christmas...

Carols on the Quay a success

Exmouth Quay’s annual concert of traditional Christmas carols held on Sunday 11 December was a huge success with well over a hundred people joining in the fun.

The Exmouth Town Band, Exmouth Shanty Men, and the Woodbury Community choir provided the music for the event which was hosted by Martin Nicholls and raised funds for Christian Aid.

Property developer Eagle One, who built most of the quayside homes and are just completing the last 14 apartments at The Point, is the main sponsor of the event. Other traders at the Quay provide help with the fund-raising and the event...

Santa, sleigh and reindeer come to Cofton

Devon’s favourite multi-award-winning holiday park, Cofton Country Holidays near Dawlish, is readying itself for the arrival of four very special guests on Thursday 22nd December when Father Christmas, his happy helper Elvina, and two of his most radiant reindeer come to Cofton for the afternoon.

Bringing the spirit of Christmas to Cofton whilst raising money for Children’s Hospice South West, the free to enter event will see Santa sweep in to Cofton on a sleigh drawn by Comet and Cupid at midday, ready for photos with children between 12pm and 1pm.

From 1.30pm party games...

Santa, sleigh and reindeer come to Cofton, 22 December, 12pm-5pm

Event Date: 
22/12/2016 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: 
The Warren Retreat and swimming complex, Cofton Country Holidays, Nr Dawlish, South Devon, EX6 8RP.

Devon’s favourite multi-award-winning holiday park, Cofton Country Holidays near Dawlish, is readying itself for the arrival of four very special guests on Thursday 22nd December when Father Christmas, his happy helper Elvina, and two of his most radiant reindeer come to Cofton for the afternoon.

Bringing the spirit of Christmas to Cofton whilst raising money for Children’s Hospice South West, the free to enter event will see Santa sweep in to Cofton on a sleigh drawn by Comet and Cupid at midday, ready for photos with children between 12pm and 1pm.

From 1.30pm party games...

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