Video: Crowborough Town Council’s Carol Service


Normally Crowborough Town Council hold a Carol Service at All Saints Church. This year because of Covid-19 (like lots of things) it has gone virtual.

The service is a combination of readings by Town Councillors and members of local community groups; carols song by the All Saints Church Choir and organist; performances by students; and prayers by Reverend Steve Rees. The words of the carols and prayers appear on screen. It also includes excerpts from Beacon Academy’s Carol Concert.

The video starts with a welcome from Mayor Cllr Greg Rose:

Welcome to this virtual Civic Carol Concert.

In these unprecedented times, at Crowborough Town Council we wanted to continue with a long tradition of holding a Carol Concert to kick-off the festive season.

When so many people are restricted to their homes, and with the majority of festive events that we’ve all come accustomed to being cancelled, I hope this will bring some traditional festive cheer into your homes.

I wish you all a Very merry Christmas and good health to you and your loved ones

Welcome by Mayor, Cllr Greg Rose0:05
Once in Royal David’s City0:47
Lord’s Prayer3:50
Isaiah prophesies the birth of Christ read by Isobel, Crowborough Girlguides4:30
Poetry readings by students of Ashdown Primary School. A Friend’s Greeting by Edgar Guest and My Christmas Wish For You
by Ruth Kephart
Sussex Carol 7:17
Jesus is born in Bethlehem read by Noeleen Carpenter, Ditch the Slippers8:47
Silent Night9:55
The Shepherds are told of the Savour’s birth read by Cllr Matthew Street12:28
The following excerpts from Beacon Academy’s Carol Concert (click on the link to watch the whole thing on their website)
Welcome from the Student Leadership Team14:20
Deck the Halls played by Theo on the piano17:09
Jingle Bell Rock performed by Paula, Mekhai & Jay Jay19:04
White Christmas performed by Tilly21:19
In the Bleak Midwinter25:45
The Wise Men find the promised King read by Freya Taylor, Crowborough Scouts29:15
Unto us a child is born performed by Sir Henry Fermor Primary School (along with a selection of artworks)30:56
Jesus is God come to Earth read by Mayor Cllr Greg Rose35:04
Address and Prayers36:43
The First Nowell42:09
The Blessing45:40


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  1. Well done team, still firing on all cylinders regardless of all the challenges. Crowborough is still a town to be proud of, I only wish they would stop building shoeboxes in every corner.

  2. Thanks for drawing attention to this, and thanks to the Council and Beacon for making it available for free. Not being able to go to a live carol service at Christmas is yet another deprivation in this strange year. This is a great substitute.

  3. Wow! Absolutely amazing!! We approached with some trepidation as to what virtual might mean but, in reality, the amount of thought and work that obviously went into the production of this has given us a memorable view of the town’s people, especially the children. By including the schools and their artwork has gone far further than the usual event.

    Very well done to everyone involved and THANK YOU!!


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