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Festive Carols

Sam Bertram

29 November 2017

t’s really getting festive so we thought we’d ask around for people’s favourite carol singing & concerts happening around the county. Nothing gets you in the spirit quite like a good old sing song!   1. If you’re looking for a spectacular venue then head to Salisbury Cathedral for BBC Wiltshire carol service on Saturday 16th December at 5.00pm to 6.30pm or the Carols by Candlelight on 22nd & 23rd December at 7.00pm.    2. The popular Imber Festival of Carols at the deserted village of Imber on Salisbury Plain at 2.30pm on Saturday 23rd December. Places are limited to 250 so get your tickets early.   3. Enjoy carols in the beautiful surrounding of Malmesbury Abbey – the Youth Action Wiltshire Carol Service is on Friday 8th December at 7.00pm or  ‘Nine lessons & carols by candlelight’ on Sunday 17th December at 6.30pm.   4. Set in the stunning Marlborough College Chapel is a Christmas Carol Concert in aid of Hopes and Homes for Children. A great way to kick off the holiday – Saturday 16th December 4.00pm – 01672 562777 for tickets. Performers include the Great Bedwyn Millennium Choir, Blue Belles, Luana Godwin and Fiona MacArthur.     5. For a magical Christmas evening head to the Christmas Concert at St John's Church, Devizes on 16th December at 7.00pm. Raising money for Dorothy House it's a real mix of music and has something for everyone. Or for something more casual head down to The Southgate Inn on 18th December from 8.00pm for beers & carols. The Devizes Town band also plays carols in the Market Place on 2nd December from 10.00am to 1.00pm and at the Mayor's Carol Concert in the Corn Exchange on 6th December at 7.00pm. Both get you in the festive spirit.   6. If in Box there's an evening of carols, poems and fun readings called 'Celebration' at the Methodist Church in Box on Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm. There'll be a retiring collection for Wiltshire Sight.   7. If you're near Tisbury this free event at Messums Wiltshire sounds wonderful. On Friday 22nd December at 6.30pm leading sound artist John Del’ Nero and composer Orlando Gough are creating a soundscape about the history of Tisbury and the 13th century barn using sounds they have recorded locally. The piece will include speech and song along with natural and mechanical sound. Take part in a unique social and interactive event for all the family - The bar will be open for mulled wine, warm drinks and mince pies and there are carols by Tisbury Community Choir.   8. A visit to the beautiful stones of Avebury could be followed by a concert by Avebury Vocal Ensemble at St James on Sunday 10th December.   9. Join the Seend Singers at Cleeve House, Seend for Christmas Carols on Monday 11th December at 7.30pm in aid of Wiltshire Young Carers.   10. On Saturday 16th December the Rotary Club Concert is on at St Andrew's Church, Chippenham. Featuring the Colerne Military Wiltshire Wives Choir and the Wiltshire Police Band and hosted by Amanda Parr from BBC Points West. Tickets £10.   11. Pop into Pewsey Fire Station on Saturday 9th December for carols from 5.30pm to 7.00pm    12. The Military Wives Choir from Tidworth, Upavon and Warminster  perform 'Home for Christmas' as part of their UK tour at St Michael's Church Tidworth on December 16th at 7.30pm   13. The George & Dragon in Rowde are holding Christmas Carols on Sunday 17th December at 4.30pm    14. The Christmas Tree Festival Concert is full of carols at the Holy Trinity Church in Bradford on Avon at 7.30pm on Friday 8th December or head to St Margaret's Hall on 17th December at 6.00pm   15. In aid of Julia's House is the German Christmas Carol Evening on Wednesday 13th December, 7.00pm to 9.00pm at Southwick Village Hall.   Got some more suggestions? Contact us on Twitter or Facebook or email us on hello@localuncovered.com and we’ll add them in.

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Kids Christmas gifts galore

Sam Bertram

23 October 2017

Radish Loves is a children’s shop with a difference. Located just off Marlborough High Street it’s teeming with children’s clothes and unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else. We spoke to owner Amy Willsher to find out what she’s got in store for Christmas. What Christmas treats have you got for kids? ‘I think there’s a perception that we’re a baby shop which isn’t true. Our range has things for new-borns right up to young teenagers. We’ve got something for everybody – from stocking fillers to the bigger presents. If you’re looking for presents under £10 there’s plenty of choice. ‘Unicorn snot’ with its scented range of lip gloss and body glitters is new and already extremely popular. Girls love the pompom hair bands, clips, necklaces, bag brooches & pins. There are also fingers puppets and plenty of tattoos and stickers. The nail varnish is child-friendly and completely chemical free, and for the boys there are notebooks, spy pens, bouncy balls and yoyos, slimy slugs and lots more. I’ve started stocking a larger range of Maileg as it’s proving really popular. It’s a Danish brand with gorgeous bunnies and mice. It’s beautifully made with my favourite being The Princess and the Pea – a mouse sleeping on several mattresses with a pea hiding beneath. The mini furniture, clothing suitcases, tents and sleeping bags all fit for the mice are also fabulous. Another popular brand is Candylab cars - beautiful hand painted Beechwood classic American cars. They’re really fun with some quirky features like a magnetic surfboard which snaps on to the roof.  If looking to jazz up playrooms, nurseries or bedrooms Fiona Walker’s felt animals have just come instore. Whether it’s a dinosaur or flamingo head or hooks you can hang on wall they look great. Try a Little Lovely Co, ghost or popsicle bedroom light or some rainbow shelves to house the books. Hang a dream catcher on a child’s bedroom window to catch the bad dreams. And there’s plenty of glitz – furry, sparkly bags and glittery skirts and tutus. With winter encroaching we’ve got woolly jumpers, hats and scarves and plenty for that special Christmas outfit.’ Halloween is soon, what have you got planned? ‘We stock lots of party accessories and we’ve extended our party range to include Halloween. There are spooky cookie cutters, plates, cupcake cases and tattoos. On the Saturday before Halloween we’re holding an instore event from 12.00 to 3.00pm. There’ll be tattoos, balloon giveaways and a real-life fairy coming to visit. She’ll be granting wishes and telling stories. It should be great fun.’ And if people can’t come into the shop, they can shop online? ‘Yes, we’re an online shop too and we’ll also be at some other venues this Christmas. I’ve got a pop-up shop at Cobbs on Saturday 28th October, Saturday 2nd December and Saturday 9th December. I can also be found at the Christmas fairs at St Francis, Pinewood and Bowood. I’d love to see you there.’ www.radishloves.com

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Happy Christmas

Shop local

Remember to shop local this Christmas.  Supporting your local economy helps make the place you live even better & you'll be surprised what's on your doorstep.

 

 

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