Carol Singing around Caldbeck Parish – the 71st year.

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Thank you very much to all who gave so generously to the Carol Singers on the 17th December 2013. We received the wonderful total of £405. So £135 has been sent to each of the Charities: Save the Children, NSPCC and Action for Children (previously The National Children’s Home). Thank you too to the Carol Singers who sang lustily and enjoyed their evening even if they were a bit hoarse the next day. And to the makers and providers of mince pies, teas and coffees to warm us up at the end. The weather was dry and only a bit windy – we were very lucky. We are sorry that we couldn’t get to every corner of the parish but we did get to some of the farms and hope to get to more of you next year.

This was the 71st year of the Caldbeck Carol Singing. Jean Armstrong from Penrith, a Land girl at Home Farm in 1943, had the idea and she and Jean Ridley, Olive Hadwin and Olive’s sister Margaret set off round the village to raise money for the Red Cross. Since then the number of singers has grown and every year there has been carol singing around the parish.

Come and sing next Christmas!

Hilary Mattinson, Antoinette and David Ward