Dreay weather couldn’t dampen Christmas spirits in Horndean

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DISMAL weather couldn’t dampen the Christmas spirits during a carol service in Horndean last night.

More than 100 people holding umbrellas and wearing thick winter coats braved the driving rain to join the festive fun in The Square.

There’s a lovely community spirit in Horndean and people love being a part of a night like this to celebrate it together.

Councillor Lynn Evans, chairman of Horndean Parish Council

The 40-minute event saw families of all ages joining together to sing classic Christmas carols.

And although the rain proved relentless, people were not deterred from joining in with rousing renditions of O Come All Ye Faithful and We Three Kings.

Jules Pilmore, 49, travelled with her two children James, 12, and Timothy, 10, from Havant for the service.

‘It’s been a truly magical evening, albeit damp,’ she said.

‘We first came to it last year and we all just loved it.

‘It’s a wonderful atmosphere. I used to live here so it’s lovely to come back.’

Timothy added: ‘I love Christmas carols. It didn’t really bother me we were singing them in the rain tonight.’

The festive fun was co-ordinated by Horndean Parish Council and supported by the Blendworth Brass Band, which provided the soundtrack for the evening.

Those present, many wearing Santa hats and festive clothes, sang seven carols.

Confident soloist Kieran Poling, 13, took centre stage during the rendition of Once In Royal David’s City, in a bid to rally the voices of other young singers in the crowds.

Councillor Lynn Evans, chairman of Horndean Parish Council, said she was pleased with the numbers joining the evening.

‘It’s a night that everyone can enjoy,’ she said.

‘They come out whatever the weather.

‘There’s a lovely community spirit in Horndean and people love being a part of a night like this to celebrate it together.’

Also attending the evening were members of the Horndean and Clanfield Churches Together – a combination of religious groups from across the parish.

Reverend Rosemary Donald was one of the church leaders who braved the damp conditions to join in.

She said: ‘It’s a lovely night, ‘Each year more and more people turn out.’

She suspected that, although attendance for yesterday’s event was strong, it could have been better.

‘I think the weather may have put a few people off coming out,’ she added.

The night was also raising cash for Crisis, a national charity which supports single people living on the streets.