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To residents of Petersfield, carols in The Square is as big a part of Christmas tradition as turkey and presents.

Every year, on a mid-December evening, hundreds of residents come together on a cold winter's evening to sing carols and hear readings.

In 2010 the cold and snow caused the venue to be changed to St Peter's. Music was provided by member of The Salvation Army band..

Jean Dowdeswell, chair of PACT and organiser of the Carol Service, believes that the event allows the community to come together to celebrate the joys of Christmas.

She said: "This annual PACT event has been running for a long time now and it is an opportunity for people to come out and sing carols and hear some traditional readings. I hope as many people as possible will come out to hear and take part in our traditional message of Christmas."

Mince pies, tea and coffee were served after the service and a collection was taken for two PACT supported charities, Home Start Butser and the Petersfield Counselling Service.

Thanks to the Petersfield Post which published the words of the carols in this week's edition.

Some photographs taken during the Carol Service:


The Nativity Scene in St Peter's     The Advent Candles in St Peter's
The Nativity Scene in St Peter's The Advent Candles
Jean Dowdeswell, Chair of PACT The Salvation Army Band
Jean Dowdeswell, Chair of PACT who organised and led the Carol Service Members of The Salvation Army Band
Church Leaders at the end of the service
Captain Linda Reader - The Salvation Army, John Callaghan - Life Church Petersfield, Rev'd Dominic Clarke - St Peter's
Rev'd Rob Dewing - St Mary Magdalen, Gerry Arnold - Life Church Petersfield, Anderson Marsh - St Mary Magdalen

Carol Services in other years



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