Wednesday, 04 August 2021

Residents tour village singing carols for charity

DOZENS of residents paraded through Sonning Common singing Christmas carols.

DOZENS of residents paraded through Sonning Common singing Christmas carols.

After amassing at the village hall in Wood Lane, they performed at locations across the village for almost two hours on Friday evening.

They then returned to the hall for hot drinks and mince pies.

More than 60 people joined the informal singing group, which was organised by Nottakwire founders Margaret Moola and Elaine Williams, although the latter could not be there on the night as she was unwell.

Graham Lyke acted as marshal as the group walked round the village.

Ms Moola, of Sedgefield Close, said: “We also had a back-up car driven by Chrissie Phillips-Tilbury with a beacon to help keep us safe, especially as we had children with us. We sang all the traditional carols. People seemed to love doing it. It was quite cold but they sang really well.

“When we got back to the hall for the informal reception I played Christmas music.”

The event was in aid of Embrace the Middle East, a Christian charity which aims to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Nottakwire donated £300 to the charity as well as contributing more than £200 to local groups such as Club SC, Sonning Common lunch club and Peppard lunch club.

Ms Moola said: “We usually do a Christmas concert but it was nice to do something different. We had about 10 people who don’t belong to the group singing with us.

“I want to thank everyone who came to sing with us, the helpers in the hall and members of the public who enjoyed the occasion.”

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