Taking into account the weather of late it looked as though Carols in the Cornmarket would have to take place in the Minster (as it did in 2016) but no the rains held off (just) and as 6.00pm approached on Friday evening 20th December a large crowd gathered in the Cornmarket for this now annual magical event with the lighting provided by glowsticks held by those attending.
Since 2006 this Community Event has been organised by Hilda Butler, Former Chairman of Churches Together in Wimborne and Anthony Oliver, Former Town Mayor. A total of £719 was collected for the Mayor’s Charities – Going for Bust, Net Patient Foundation, Combat Stress, Wimborne in Bloom, Dreamboats and ERIC.
The Glowsticks and the printing of the Carols Sheets was Sponsored by the Wimborne BID, Wimborne Minster Town Council, Optique 2000 and the Minster Press. The singing of the Carols was accompanied by Broadstone Community Concert Band under the direction of Damon Corio with two of the Carols being accompanied by Helen and Mark Banfield on the Guitar and Irish Drum. Esther Davey, daughter of Colin (and Heather) Davey, Organist and Director of Choirs at Wimborne Minster sang as a solo the first verse of the carol Silent Night. Readings were read by the new Salvation Army Officer for Wimborne, Major Carole Gadsden, the Mayor Cllr Shane Bartlett and the Rector of Wimborne Minster, the Revd Canon Andrew Rowland who also pronounced the Blessing. Radio Wimborne very kindly provided the Public Address system.
Refreshments were provided in the Salvation Army Hall after the event.
Next year’s event will take place on Friday 18th December 2020.
The photo shows (From the left) Town Crier Chris Brown, Joint Organiser Hilda Butler, Rector of Wimborne Minster, The Revd Canon Andrew Rowland, Joint Organiser Anthony Oliver, The Mayoress of Wimborne Minster Mrs Tracey Bartlett and The Mayor Cllr Shane Bartlett with behind some members of the Broadstone Community Concert Band.
Photos taken by Beatrice Dopita.