Coming together in Cluny Square

Posted on 18 December 2006
Cluny Square resounded on Saturday evening to the sounds of Christmas as over 250 members of the local community gathered for an open-air Service of Christmas ‘Lessons and Carols’ by torchlight.

The original idea of Ferndale minister, Stephen Dray who planned the event, it was enthusiastically supported by many other members of the community. Yum Yums, the local bakery, opened specially to supply free mulled wine and cakes. Temple Sutton School choir led the singing and contributed a number of superb musical items. Readings were undertaken by James McCluskey, vicar of St. Lukes, Bonnet Moyo, pastor of the Brethren in Christ Church, ward councillor, Mel Day, the leader of the local residents association, John Barber, and Chris Sollis from the local young people’s initiative. Local police officers from the Temple Sutton station. Led by Mark Sawyer and Jackie Jones, turned out in force and mingled with the crowd. Local residents spontaneously assisted in the closing of the local road; volunteering their skills for the ‘bigger and better’ event next year! Several commented on how encouraging it was to see members of the community coming together and sharing with one another in an area widely stigmatised for its economic and social problems.

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