Rotary Schools Carol Concert

The Rotary Schools Carol Concert held on 13 December was a great success, with a full house packing the Cranleigh Baptist Church.
Choirs from four local schools - Ewhurst Infants, Park Mead Primary, St Cuthbert Mayne Primary and Cranleigh Church of England Primary - sang a variety of carols and popular Christmas songs. The Godalming Town Band provided accompaniment for the communal carols, as well as seasonal music at the beginning and end. 

The event was introduced by David Barry, President of Cranleigh Rotary, and Jon Poole, the Youth and Children's Worker for the Baptist Church, was the compere for the evening. Jon also inspired the young audience at the end by speaking about the significance of Christmas and the birth of Jesus.

There was a retiring collection which raised £110 for the Cranleigh Community Fund. The CCF receives funds from the Henry Smith Charity to administer solely for the benefit of residents of the Parish of Cranleigh. The focus of the Community Fund is Cranleigh residents with financial difficulties.
The CCF has recently funded nursery places, white goods, furniture, training courses, counselling and activity-based therapy for mental health issues among children and young adults, as well as help with childcare so that single parents can pursue employment. 
Cranleigh Rotary would like to express sincere thanks to everyone at the Baptist Church for their assistance in setting up the event, particularly Martha Fairchild and Jon Poole. We are also most grateful to the Godalming Town Band, some of whose members travelled liong distances to attend the event.

Photo caption: The choir from Park Mead Primary School.
Park Mead carol concert 2023