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Christmas fairs, Saint Nicholas and festive concert

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a Christmas street fair, Saint Nicholas in Norwich and a festive concert in aid of the Samaritans.

Crowds flocked to St Edmund’s church on Sunday December 1, during the Bungay Christmas Street Fair, to light a candle for a loved one or for a special intention and buy crafts and Christmas cards (pictured above).

Organised by the  CAFOD team from the Bungay end of the parish – Sue Altarelli and Jenny Beaugeard – all proceeds from the 20p candles went to CAFOD. The candles and a craft stall selling cards by Sue Altarelli and cot quilts by parishioner Felicity Todd made £76.32 for CAFOD.

Just as important, 182 people (and three dogs) visited the beautiful grade I church to pause a moment, reflect, look round and listen to Gregorian chant playing.

The traditional Saint Nicholas Fair will be held in the Narthex at St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich on Saturday December 7. The Christmas fair, from 10.30am to 5pm will include handmade craft, art, books, food, prints and jewellery. St Nicholas (pictured right) will arrive on his horse at 4pm with gifts for the children.

Songs at Christmas – a concert by the Bury Community Choir – will be held at St Edmund’s Church in Bury St Edmunds on December 19, in aid of the Bury branch of Samaritans.

The choir will be directed by Mike Berridge and accompanied by Matthew Foster and the concert starts at 7.30pm at St Edmunds, 21 Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QG. You can reserve your ticket by emailing Viv at vivbewley1@gmail.com


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