People remember loved ones at candlelit vigil in Fareham

Mia Callen, nine, left, and Isabelle Marshall, 10, from Wellstead Primary School in Hedge End.

Picture: Sarah Standing (161611-4516)
Mia Callen, nine, left, and Isabelle Marshall, 10, from Wellstead Primary School in Hedge End. Picture: Sarah Standing (161611-4516)
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FAMILIES remembering lost loved ones gathered to take part in a candlelit vigil.

The annual service for Naomi House and Jacksplace, held at the Holy Trinity Church in Fareham, gave people the chance to reflect as the festive season starts.

The candlelit service of remembrance organised to raise money for Naomi House and Jack's place hospices 

Picture: Sarah Standing (161611-7519)

The candlelit service of remembrance organised to raise money for Naomi House and Jack's place hospices Picture: Sarah Standing (161611-7519)

Two choirs, including a children’s group, sang a number of songs while vicar of the church Sally Davenport gave a talk and delivered a reading.

Half of the service is carried out with the church lights out and just candles shining.

Organiser Mary Ramsey said it allows for a very poignant service.

‘Having just the candles lit means emotions can come out,’ she said.

It gives people the chance to reflect and remember loved ones who have passed away.

Mary Ramsey

‘It gives people the chance to reflect and remember loved ones who have passed away.

‘The church was packed and the service went very well.’

Mary has been organising the event, which raises money for Naomi House and Jacksplace, for the last eight years.

Every year has a different theme which is reflected in the readings.

The service 
Picture: Sarah Standing (161611-4522)

The service Picture: Sarah Standing (161611-4522)

Mary added: ‘The service is very popular and people seem to enjoy it.’

Another service for Naomi House is being held at St George’s Church, in Waterlooville, on December 7 at 7pm.